Charles Nwoke, Damaturu, Nigeria
January 11, 2021
Jihadist fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist group have killed 13 military men of the Nigerian Army during an ambush in volatile northeastern Nigeria, two military sources revealed on Monday.
Heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades of the terrorist organization hit a military convoy in Gazagana village, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the capital of Yobe state, Damaturu on Saturday.
One of the officers said, “We lost 13 soldiers in this ambush and several were injured.”
The second military source said that the chaperone was headed for a military base at Buni Yadi, another 20 kilometers from Damaturu, and he confirmed the same death toll as did by the first source.
He stated without giving any figure that “It was a fierce battle and the terrorists also suffered casualties.”
The ISWAP terrorist group frequently carries out gruesome attacks in the Buni Yadi region on soldiers, travelers, and transporters, with the violence spilling over into Borno state.
Since 2009, the jihadist terrorist organization in northeast Nigeria has targeted Borno where the Boko Haram group is also terrorizing.
ISWAP separated from Boko Haram in 2016 and grew to become a dominant violent group.
The violence has spread into neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the dreaded monsters.
At least 36,000 people have been killed in the crisis which has displaced about two million from their homes since it started.