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ISWAP Terrorist Kills Eight People In Maiduguri, Including 3 Soldiers

Eight people, including three soldiers, were
killed in jihadist attacks on an army base
and village in northeast Nigeria ahead of
Monday’s Eid al-Adha festival, military
sources said.
Three troops and three civilians died on
Saturday when fighters from the IS-aligned
Islamic State West Africa Province group
attacked a base in Gubio, a town 80
kilometres (50 miles) from the regional
capital Maiduguri, two sources said Sunday.
Three soldiers were killed “defending the
base from ISWAP terrorists who wanted to
overrun it”, the first source said.
“Three civilians were hit and killed in
crossfire,” said the source, an officer who
asked not to be identified for fear of
punishment.
Two soldiers and six civilians were injured,
he said.
The jihadists attacked the base in eight
pickup trucks fitted with machine guns,
leading to a two-hour-long battle, said the
second source, who gave the same toll.
The attack was repelled with the aid of a
fighter jet which deployed two hours into
the clashes, said the officer.
“The terrorists were pulverised and forced
to withdraw. Eleven of them were killed and
three of their vehicles were seized,” he said.
ISWAP ransacked the same base in May,
killing three soldiers.
In a separate assault on Sunday, fighters
from rival jihadist faction Boko Haram killed
two residents and burnt homes in an attack
on the village of Ngwom, 14 km (eight
miles) from Maiduguri.
Gunmen in pickup trucks stormed the village
in a pre-dawn attack, shooting dead two
male residents before robbing women of
jewelry and torching four houses, anti-Boko
Haram militia leader Babakura Kolo said.
“A woman had one of her ears chopped off
by the insurgents as punishment for
resisting being robbed,” Kolo said.
The jihadists attempted to seize a nearby
military base after the raid, but were
rebuffed following a one-hour gunfight, Kolo
and a military source said.
The decade-long insurgency in northeast
Nigeria has killed over 27,000 people,
displaced some two million and spilt over
into neighbouring countries.
The jihadists are notorious for stepping up
attacks during the Eid season, prompting
heightened security across the region.
ISWAP split from the Boko Haram faction
headed by long-time leader Abubakar
Shekau in 2016.
Since mid-2018 ISWAP has ramped up
attacks on the military, while Shekau’s
group tends to hit softer civilian targets.
On Saturday, several soldiers were also
wounded when their vehicle hit a mine
planted by ISWAP near the border with
Niger, the military sources said.
(AFP)'



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