ISIS franchise claims attack on Nigerian military

ISIS Nigeria

The self-proclaimed Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) issued a statement July 9 claiming its fighters killed 40 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush along the Damboa-Maiduguri highway in northern Borno state. The statement said ISWAP fighters captured five all-terrain vehicles, weapons and ammunition, and burned an armored vehicle during the attack, at the locality of Bulabulin. The Nigerian military confirmed the attack but said only two soldiers were killed.

Boko Haram split into two factions in mid-2016. One, under longtime leader Abubakar Shekau, is notorious for suicide bombings and indiscriminate killings of civilians. Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in March 2015, but ISIS only gives formal recognition to the rival faction, which calls itself ISWAP. (Sahara Reporters)

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  1. Boko Haram kill over 30 troops in new attacks

    More than 30 soldiers werekilled and hundreds others injured during separate attacks by Boko Haram insurgents near Gamboru in Borno state July 10, the military confirmed. (Sahara Reporters)