Jihadists connected to the Islamic State team have killed 14 Nigerian squaddies in an assault on a military base, army resources have stated.
Two resources instructed Agence France-Presse on situation of anonymity that opponents from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) team had attacked the bottom in Jakana on Friday night time, firing device weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.
“We misplaced 14 squaddies within the combat, together with the commanding officer and every other officer,” one supply stated. A number of different squaddies have been lacking and presumed to have both escaped or been captured by way of the militants, stated the second one supply who gave the similar toll. The resources requested to not be recognized as they weren’t approved to talk.
The insurgents seized 4 vehicles fitted with device weapons within the raid, the resources stated. Jakana, 25km (15 miles) from regional capital Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, lies on a identified crossing direction for ISWAP opponents transferring between their camps within the Benisheikh wooded area space of Borno and their hideouts within the Buni Yadi space of Yobe.
The village and the bottom were many times raided by way of the jihadist opponents who splintered from the principle Boko Haram team 4 years in the past. Because the cut up, ISWAP has intensified assaults on army objectives, raiding bases and ambushing squaddies.
A minimum of 36,000 folks were killed and about 2 million displaced within the decade-long Islamist battle in northeast Nigeria.
The violence has unfold to neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad, resulting in the formation of a regional army drive to combat the insurgents.