Nigerian troops killed in coordinated ISWAP attacks

A Boko Haram group affiliated to the Islamic State Saturday night launched coordinated attacks on three military formations in Buni Yadi in Yobe State and Gajiganna and Gajibo in Borno State.

Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida who has knowledge about the workings of the terror groups in Nigeria’s northeast said the attacks “started almost simultaneously at 6pm” by Islamic State in West African Province, ISWAP.

A military source said a number of terrorists were, however, killed in Buni Yadi with two mounted gun trucks recovered, a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades recovered from them.

“Unlike the two other attacks, where troops fought back with minor loses, in Gajibo, scores of soldiers were killed,” Salkida tweeted.

“It is not yet clear if the Gajibo attack was carried out by JAS or ISWAP, both have foot soldiers in the area.”

Earlier on the same day, Nigerian Army said it “effectively ambushed some Boko Haram terrorists around Warawara general area of Borno State.”

Three commanders of the terror group were killed in that ambush, army spokesman Musa Sagir said in a statement.

The coordinated attacks were carried out hours after eight people were killed when insurgents hit Maiduguri, Borno State capital city on Saturday.

“We recovered a total of eight bodies of residents killed in the Boko Haram attack,” late on Friday, Haram Abba Aji-Kalli of the Civilian JTF militia told AFP.

The Maiduguri killings came after the group overran a military base north of Maiduguri on Thursday, stealing an armoured vehicle and torching buildings in an attack that left “several soldiers” missing, two military sources said on condition of anonymity.

The day before, at least four people were killed when the insurgents struck a convoy belonging to the governor of northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

This post has been updated with more quotes from Ahmad Salkida.

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