The Nigerian Army Headquarters on Monday, has disclosed that at least 104 fighters of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) have surrendered to Nigerian troops in Borno state.
According to a verified Facebook page, those who surrendered to the 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa include 22 males, 27 females and 55 children.
The post reads, “ISWAP and their families numbering 104 comprising 22 males, 27 females and 55 children surrendered to troops of 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa, Borno State on Saturday 5 February 2022.”
However, newsmen gathered that the development may not be unconnected with recent deadly assault by the military.
Recent Nigerian Air Force (NAF) bombardments had eliminated four top commanders – Amir Abdulrahman of Abbaganaram; Imam Tujja, Imam of Bukar Mairam; Malam Ibrahim, Amir of Jubularam, and Bakura Imar died during the attack.
The military’s Operation Hadin Kai increased offensives in Marte after intelligence revealed multiple camps.
Some wounded fighters were evacuated to locations within Kirta Wulgo, an operative told PRNigeria.
“We are aware of movements of their women and children towards Buningil, Bakassi, Doron Liman, and Daban Alfa,” the officer said.
In some cases, relocating insurgents’ families members surrender to troops when tired or out of food and water.
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) protects women, children and the displaced during battles