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ISWAP Fakes Military Convoy To Attack Troops In Northeast Nigeria

Nigerian troops were caught in a surprise attack on Monday after ISWAP terrorists faked military convoy in a new onslaught.

Islamic State West African Province ( ISWAP) fighters on Monday appeared in a convoy similar to that of troops of the Nigerian military to stage a surprise attack on the  Nigerian troops stationed at the outskirts of Monguno, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Monguno about 130 kilometres northeast of Maiduguri,  the state capital is one of the most strategic garrison towns, housing a military super camp,  humanitarian hub and displaced persons in Northern Borno.

HumAngle learnt that the troops crewing the station at the Garrison town’s outskirts mistook the advancing convoy for their colleagues returning to Monguno.

The number of casualties on both sides was not known as of the time HumAngle was briefed of the attack.

Oladayo Amao, Air Vice Marshall and Nigeria’s new Chief of Air Staff visited the 171 Nigerian Air Force Detachment in Monguno on Monday. It was not immediately clear if the incident was connected to the Chief of Air Staff’s high profile visit to the area.

ISWAP fighters have continued to dress in Nigerian military combat fatigues and employ Army gun trucks captured in ambushes and raids to attack security forces or mount checkpoints to abduct and kill commuters.

In Jan. 2021, a small group of insurgents launched a daring but small scale attack on the Garrison Town when compared to previous attacks in Jan. and June 2020.

In June 2020, insurgents with mortars, small arms, and gun trucks attacked military positions and the town’s humanitarian facility.

The security situation outside Monguno town is considered volatile, and unpredictable, with the major road connecting the Garrison town to others suffering from frequent checkpoints and ambushes.

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