Jihadists from the Boko Haram faction affiliated with the Islamic State organization killed six soldiers on Sunday in an ambush on patrol in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said on Monday.
ISIS in West Africa (ISWAP) fighters, armed with rifles and grenade launchers, attacked a military convoy outside the village of Tungushe, 22 kilometers from the capital of L ‘Borno State, Maiduguri.
« Two patrol vans were fired on by the terrorists and the lead vehicle was hit by an RPG (rocket launcher), killing six soldiers on board, » a security source said of the attack. Three jihadists were also killed in a clash with soldiers following the ambush, another security source said.
Tungushe and the surrounding area have been repeatedly targeted by ISWAP and the rival faction of Boko Haram, who attack troops and raid villages to obtain food and livestock.
The decade-long Islamist insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria and its crackdown have claimed 35,000 lives and displaced around two million people. The conflict has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, which has led to a coalition fighting regional jihadist groups.