ISWAP fighters kill several soldiers in Borno
Several Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by IS-affiliated jihadists on a military convoy in the country’s conflict-riven northeast, security sources said.
The sources said fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) opened fire with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the convoy as it traveled to the town of Gudumbali in Borno state on Monday
ISWAP has claimed full responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters killed or wounded dozens of troops.
A security source said, “the terrorists surprised troops with an ambush as they were heading to Gudumbali”.
“We lost several soldiers, vehicles, and weapons to the terrorists in the attack,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.
The convoy was on its way to Gudumbali to reinforce coalition forces from Nigeria and Chad for a major offensive to liberate the town from the jihadists, said a second security source.
He added that the losses had been great and that from reports coming in, the number of casualties was “huge”.
A third security source said: “It is not precisely clear the number of casualties recorded in the attack but a number (of troops) paid the supreme price.”
ISWAP fighters ambushed the Nigerian army convoy and “clashed with them with a variety of weapons,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday claiming responsibility, according to SITE Intelligence which monitors jihadist activities worldwide.
The group also claimed to have destroyed several trucks and captured numerous other vehicles in the attack.
Before soldiers withdrew from Gudumbali in December, ISWAP had repeatedly attacked troops in the town.