Heavy Fighting in Geidam, Yobe as Nigerian Troops Repel ISWAP Attack
SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 07 – Intense fighting has been reported in Geidam, Yobe State, as Nigerian troops repelled an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on the area.
According to media reports, a group of ISWAP fighters in at least 10 gun trucks engaged in a fierce gun battle with troops stationed in Geidam, Yobe State Wednesday evening.
Geidam, a Local Government Area in the north of Yobe near the border with Borno state and the Niger Republic, came under attack around 5:50 pm.
According to HumAngle, residents were warned about an imminent attack since 2 pm when communities located in the countryside notified Geidam residents of insurgents’ movements before advancing to the town.
Troops of 159 Battalion are deployed in Sector 2 of Nigeria’s counterinsurgency operation, Lafiya Dole, based in Geidam.
The gun battle between the troops and insurgents was intense and terrifying, witnesses said.
An audibly terrified resident who spoke to journalists described the gunshots as massive.
“The gunshot outside is so much. I can’t talk now please,” the Geidam resident said.
Abdulkarim Dungus, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, also informed press men that he heard the Divisional Police Officer of Geidam firing from his gun when he tried to contact him.
“I called my DPO in Geidam and he is also under fire. I could hear the gunshot from him. He has promised to call back,” Dungus said.
The attack was repelled and guns went silent around 8:30 pm.