Insurgents belonging to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, carried out an audacious attack between Sunday evening and Monday morning, in the Damasak area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.
Damasak is near the border with Niger Republic, about 180 kilometres Northwest of Maiduguri.
HumAngle understands that some humanitarian workers escaped through the Komadougou Yobe river, as troops engaged in a fierce battle to push back the insurgents.
The Nigerian Air Force sent combat aircraft to support the ground troops to push back the daring incursion involving about 20 gun trucks, on Sunday.
HumAngle also learned that the insurgents returned Monday morning and briefly advanced into Damasak before the military beat them back.
Daily Post reported that two soldiers and 39 ISWAP insurgents were killed on Sunday as Nigerian and Nigerien forces fought the insurgents.
The current attack is part of a series of security incidents targeting garrison towns, security forces, and disrupting humanitarian operations in Northern and Central Borno, Northeast Nigeria.
Nganzai, Ngala, Kaga, Marte, Monguno, Dikwa are some of the locations where troops have recently clashed with ISWAP insurgents.
Abadam, Kukawa, Guzamala and Marte are mostly considered high-risk areas due to ISWAP activities.
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