W24News – NG – Jihadists kill 14 soldiers in attack on Nigerian army base

Jihadists linked to ISIS killed 14 Nigerian soldiers in attack on military base, military sources say

Two sources told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity that fighters from the Islamic State group in the Province of West Africa (ISWAP) attacked the Jakana base on Friday evening, firing machine guns and rocket propelled grenades

“We lost 14 soldiers in the fight, including the commander and another officer,” a source said Several other soldiers were missing and believed to have escaped or were captured by the militants, the second said. source which gave the same assessment The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorized to speak

Insurgents seized four trucks equipped with machine guns during the raid, sources say Jakana, 25 km (15 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria is on a known crossing road for ISWAP combatants moving between their camps in the Benisheikh forest area in Borno and their hiding places in the Buni Yadi region in Yobe

The village and base have been repeatedly attacked by jihadist fighters who split from the main Boko Haram group four years ago Since the split, ISWAP has stepped up its attacks on military targets, raids on bases and ambushes against soldiers

At least 36,000 people have been killed and around 2 million displaced in the decade-long Islamist conflict in northeastern Nigeria

The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad, leading to the formation of a regional military force to fight the insurgents

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W24News – NG – Jihadists kill 14 soldiers in attack on Nigerian army base

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/17/jihadists-kill-14-soldiers-in-attack-on-nigerian-army-base