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Boko Haram: ISWAP, Army Clash Leave Five Dead In Borno

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Members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have killed  at least four Nigerian soldiers and a militia fighter in Borno state.

According to security sources who spoke to AFP on Sunday, fighting erupted late Saturday when troops ambushed a convoy of ISWAP members – who broke out of Boko Haram – near Jakana village, 42 kilometres (26 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.

“We lost four soldiers and a member of the vigilante group in the fighting,” a military source said in reference to an anti-jihadist militia in the region.

“The terrorists came in large numbers and our troops fought gallantly but they were overwhelmed.”

A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), who confirmed the death toll, said ISWAP members were riding in pick-up trucks fitted with machine guns.

In a statement on Sunday, the Nigerian military confirmed the death of seven members of ISWAP in a bomb blast.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said seven jihadists were killed and eight injured when their vehicle hit a landmine during a clash near Jakana on Friday.

He disclosed that the improvised explosive device had been planted by the jihadists, describing the blast a “tactical boomerang”.

Jakana lies on a 120-kilometre highway that links Maiduguri and Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.