Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) Terrorists has claimed its fighters killed more than a dozen Nigerian Army personnel and abducted two others when they ambushed a military convoy in Nigeria’s Borno state on Wednesday, September 25.
In an unusually swift release, ISIS propaganda agency Amaq claimed “14 soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed today and two others captured, as well as others wounded” in the ambush, which it said was on the road between Borno state capital Maiduguri and Gubio, around 80 km (50 miles) north.
ISIS repeated the claim in a separate statement, saying that ISWAP fighters ambushed Nigerian Army vehicles and clashed with soldiers “with light, medium and heavy weapons, leading to the death of 14 [of their] elements and wounding others, and capturing two elements.”
It added that “various weapons and ammunition, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle” were captured. Reports on the events are sketchy, and the exact location of the ambush is unclear. Citing a local vigilante source, Daily Trust on Thursday reported that the ambush happened around 4:15 p.m.
“More than a dozen soldiers were killed in the attack while several others sustain injuries,” the source said, adding that the insurgents seized weapons, ammunition and a utility vehicle.
Citing a military source, Reuters reported that there were clashes following the ambush. The Nigerian military has not yet commented on the incident. Gubio has been at the centre of ISWAP attacks in recent months.
Source: The Defence Post