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ISWAP fighters ambush military convoy and kill 7 soldiers in Borno

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The death toll in a jihadist ambush against a military convoy in Borno state on Saturday rose to eight after two more bodies of soldiers were recovered, security sources said.

Three security sources had initially told AFP that six people, including five soldiers and an allied militiaman, were killed in the attack.

“The death toll from the ambush is now eight. The bodies of two more soldiers were recovered, ”said one of the sources.

“Now there are seven soldiers and one militiaman dead,” he said.

The new toll was confirmed by another source.

Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) fighters armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire on a convoy of soldiers and an anti-jihadist militia in the village of Kwayamti, 60 kilometers (36 miles) north of the regional capital, Maiduguri.

The convoy was heading to the city of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, some 140 kilometers away, as a security detachment of the state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, who flew in by helicopter that same day.

All sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the incident.

Zulum was in Baga to distribute food to residents who returned to the fishing village two months ago, six years after they fled a deadly jihadist raid, sources said.

Local authorities have been encouraging people displaced by the jihadist uprising to return home, saying that feeding them in the camp was no longer sustainable, despite concern from aid agencies that it was not safe to return.

ISWAP, which split from the main Boko Haram faction in 2016, maintains its camps on islands in Lake Chad, where Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad are located, and the group’s stronghold.

In September, at least 30 security personnel were killed when ISWAP attacked the Zulum convoy near Baga, but it escaped unharmed.

The governor has been a regular target of insurgent attacks.

At least 36,000 people have died and around two million have been displaced in the decade-long conflict in northeast Nigeria.

The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the insurgency.

[AFP]

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