A video has emerged online showing members of the dreaded Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, attacking troops in Askira, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.
The video dated February 12, 2021, and published by Amaq news agency show scores of fighters storming the area with rifles, gun trucks, and an FV103 armored personnel carrier.
Many of them moved on foot as they approached a military base but Nigerian ground and air forces fought back; their counteroffensive left a number of insurgents dead.
Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade and other units engaged the ISWAP members as Nigerian Air Force aircraft shelled gun trucks.
Confirming the success of the operation, an intelligence officer said aircraft were scrambled from Yola and Maiduguri within minutes after ground troops sent the signal.
Amaq released a video showing ISWAP fighters inside of Askira. An FV103 can be seen and it appears to be facing little resistance. Apart from that, dozens of fighters and several vehicles storm the town. This is obviously before NAF did its job. pic.twitter.com/051FldFOY2
— Tomasz Rolbiecki (@TomaszRolbiecki) February 12, 2021
Meanwhile, members of the Boko Haram insurgents have allegedly established new bases in some parts of Yobe and Adamawa states, security sources revealed.
According to SaharaReporters, Boko Haram established hideouts in Geidam and some other parts of Yobe State.
Other new bases of the insurgents were established in Tarmuwa and Yunusari local governments areas of Yobe State; Mubi, Madagali and Gombi local government areas of Adamawa State.