A factional Leader of Islamic State West Africa Province, Umar Leni fled to Mali after bloody showdown with scores of fighters killed in a gun battle on July 26, fight which started in Blantougou spilled over Nigerien border into Nigeria.
Fight broke out in Blantougou, a village in Niger Republic between factions of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) over sharing of money made by taxing cattle herders and fishermen in areas controlled by the jihadists around Lake Chad.
Division within ISWAP was revealed by three sources with deep knowledge of the faction’s internal workings, sources pleaded for identity not to be disclosed for security reasons.
ISWAP factional leader, Umar Leni was the Tax Chief and he reportedly fled to Mali with the money.
“The fight started after the three factions couldn’t reach an agreement on sharing formula,” one of the sources said.
“Heavy fighting started after six days of disagreement, many ISWAP jihadists died on all sides,” he said.