About 20 ISIS vehicles from West Africa attacked a military convoy on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Two military officials asked to say “anonymously” on Monday. At least 31 soldiers were killed on a road in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, April 25.
At noon on Sunday (11 am GMT), the military convoy was attacked by about 20 ISIS fighters from West Africa (Iswap), a town located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, the center of the Mujahideen rebellion. Mainok town. In this northeastern region that has been going on for more than ten years.
“In the terrorist ambush, we lost 31 soldiers, including their lieutenant colonel.”An army officer who asked not to be named said. A second military source said that weapons were being delivered to Maiduguri when the convoy was attacked. “The terrorists arrived in several trucks, including four armored vehicles, and fought fiercely with the convoy.”Said the adjutant.
Jihadists have “It’s raining” The rockets on the convoy overwhelmed the soldiers and caused “huge loss, He says. We have lost many people in terrible ways. “
Two sources said the attackers seized weapons and two tanks during the attack, and then invaded military bases outside Mainok. They partially burned it and several military vehicles.
Nigerian army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said in a statement that the toll on Monday night was much lower to ensure that seven soldiers, including one officer, were killed and five wounded. .soldiers “Attacked from multiple directions” Jihadists “On an armed vehicle or on foot”According to Mr. Yerima.The battle continued ” a long time” Airplanes and combat helicopters are also involved. “At present, our troops have completely controlled Minok.”, Assured the spokesperson.
In the past, Mainok has been attacked many times by jihadists, especially those who have invaded its military base. Iswap often set up fake checkpoints on the road from Maiduguri to Damaturu, in the neighboring state of Yobe, in Mainok, killed and kidnapped Travelers.
Since the radical Islamic organization Boko Haram rebelled in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, the conflict has caused nearly 36,000 deaths and 2 million displacement. In 2016, the organization split, on the one hand, historical factions, and on the other hand, Iswap recognized by the Islamic State (IS) organization.
According to local officials and residents, in neighboring Ube state, about 2,000 people fled the town of Gaidan this weekend. The town was attacked on Friday night by Iswap militants who were still in the area on Monday. The Army said in a statement on Saturday that it had pushed the jihadists back.
Residents told AFP that at least 11 civilians were killed in the fighting between the army and the jihadists on Friday. According to them, after the murder of two residents and two Muslim teachers, the residents began to flee. “Everyone is on the run because the insurgents have begun to kill those Christians and those who are educated in the West.”, Babagana Kyari told AFP. “They came to their house and cut their throats”, Also told Ari Sanda, another resident of Agence France-Presse.