35 people killed in ISWAP Jihadist attacks in Borno

35 people killed in ISWAP Jihadist attacks in Borno
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
May 5, 2021 

Above, in 2019, ISWAP fighters were filmed on this screencaptured broadcast. Fair use. 

Islamic State West African Province, ISWAP, have killed 35 persons, including five military officers and 15 vigilante group members, in two separate attacks in Nigeria’s troubled North-East region of Borno state, a local source said.

Islamic State-aligned terrorists have intensified attacks on a military base in recent weeks as part of a decade-long insurgency that has claimed the lives of over 36,000 persons and forced more than two million people to flee their homes for safety.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Jihadists swooped the military camp in several trucks fitted with machine guns and stormed Ajiri town on late Monday night.

Security sources stated that they attacked a military base, leading to a serious gun battle in which five army officers and 15 anti-jihadist vigilante groups were killed.

Recall that ISWAP extremists had attacked the same military camp on Sunday, killing the base commander along with six civilians and carting away weapons.

Nigerian military forces returned to the base on Sunday before they were ambushed again on Monday night.

An official of the army said, “We lost five troops and 15 Civilian JTF (militia) in the fight.

“The terrorists came in large numbers around 8:45 pm (1945 GMT) and engaged troops in a fight which lasted hours,” added the officer.

The source said 10 civilians were killed in the exchange of gunfire that ensued between the troops and terrorists during the attack.

Residents fled to nearby Mafa to escape the attack.

Another source said the militants seized five trucks in the attack, including one fitted with machine guns.

“The casualty toll stands at 30,” he added.