Libyan National soldier has arrested ISIS commander, Mohammed Mailed Mohammed, also known as ‘Abu Omar’ in Ubari, South Libya.
Libya Review reported this on Sunday in a move seen as a major victory in the war against terrorism. ISIS made incursions into Africa, especially through the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of Boko Haram, which has affiliation to it.
According to the DCAF (Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance), ISWAP is growing in power and influence.It says: “From its territorial base on the banks and islands of Lake Chad, this jihadist group is waging a guerrilla war across north-eastern Nigeria and elsewhere on the lake’s periphery.
“By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, it has cultivated a level of support among local civilians that Boko Haram never enjoyed and has turned neglected communities in the area and islands in Lake Chad into a source of economic support.
“If Nigeria and its neighbouring Lake Chad states want to sever the bond between ISWAP and these communities – and they should – then they cannot stop with countering ISWAP in battle. They will need to complement military action by filling the service and governance gaps that ISWAP has exploited.”
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