ISIL claims killing of 11 Nigerian soldiers in Borno

ISIL has claimed killing of 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, Borno. Al-Jazeera reports that the group made the claim at the weekend through its news agency, AMAQ. ISIL published pictures of burned barracks and dead bodies it claimed belonged to the soldiers. The fighters fled after the military called in air force support and reinforcements from a battalion in a neighbouring town. There have been renewed attacks on troops since the start of 2019. In a similar attack late April, several soldiers were reportedly killed at Sabon Gari, Mararaba Kimba, a village between Biu and Damboa Local Government Areas in Borno. ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack.
Residents of Sabon Gari, who spoke to NewsMen said unspecified numbers of Boko Haram fighters riding in several vehicles and motorcycles attacked a military base located along the Biu–Damboa road. “The military base is isolated and this made it a vulnerable target for the attack. The militants arrived at the location in their numbers outnumbering the military. “They set the base on fire, destroyed and looted equipment before reinforcement arrived and they were repelled after several hours of battle”, Mallam Usman Kimba said.

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