33 ISIS wives SLAUGHTERED by terror group rivals Boko Haram trends now

33 ISIS wives SLAUGHTERED by terror group rivals Boko Haram trends now
33 ISIS wives SLAUGHTERED by terror group rivals Boko Haram trends now

33 ISIS wives SLAUGHTERED by terror group rivals Boko Haram trends now

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has reportedly slain at least 33 wives of Islamic State fighters in a bloody revenge attack as fighting between the rival groups continues to escalate.

The massacre is thought to have been instigated earlier this week by top Boko Haram leader Ali Ngulde, who after ambushing a group of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in northeastern Nigeria's Sambisa forest sent his troops to a nearby camp to execute their wives.

It comes after Boko Haram commander Malam Aboubakar and more than a dozen other militants were killed by ISWAP fighters following failed negotiations, according to Zagazola Makama, a security analyst based in Lake Chad.

ISWAP fighters were once part of Boko Haram but splintered off and quickly grew into a formidable rival of the Islamic militants by enticing other Boko Haram members into defecting while drumming up support in local civilian populations.

Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized after retaking the town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015

Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized after retaking the town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015

Protestors demonstrate against Boko Haram in the Nigerian state of Katsina, December 2020, after hundreds of schoolboys were abducted by gangs on orders from Islamic militants

Protestors demonstrate against Boko Haram in the Nigerian state of Katsina, December 2020, after hundreds of schoolboys were abducted by gangs on orders from Islamic militants

Northeastern Nigeria is the epicentre of a jihadist insurgency launched by Boko Haram group in 2009.

Boko Haram is one of the largest Islamic militant groups in Africa and seeks to topple the secular Nigerian government in favour of an Islamic regime with a strict adherence to Sharia law.

More than 40,000 people have died and around two million have been displaced in the long-running conflict, which has spilled into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The group is renowned for its brutality, having committed a series of terror attacks and massacres, and has a history of kidnapping civilians - particularly young women and girls.

A Reuters investigation earlier this week also revealed that the Nigerian army has run a secret, systematic and illegal abortion program, terminating at least 10,000 pregnancies among women and girls who were kidnapped and raped by the Islamist militants. 

Men gather near dead bodies of people who were killed by an Islamic militant attack, during a mass burial at Zabarmari, in the Jere local government area of Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, November 29, 2020

Men gather near dead bodies of people who were killed by an Islamic militant attack, during a mass burial at Zabarmari, in the Jere local government area

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