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Soldiers Killed In ISWAP Ambush In Borno

On November 21, a military convoy was ambushed by Islamic State West Africa Province in Kwayamti village, about 15 kilometres from Gajiram.

Humangle has learned that the attack on troops in Gajiram, near Borno state capital Maiduguri, resulted in five casualties. Four soldiers and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)

The insurgents also seized military equipment during the attack.

ISWAP has stepped up guerilla-style attacks on military and civilian convoys despite the ongoing Nigerian Army operation fireball, a subsidiary of the Counterinsurgency operation Lafiya Dole.

HumAngle has learned that the establishment of Super camps has shifted the focus of attacks by ISWAP on vulnerable military patrols on routine “logistics and clearance operations.”

This situation is exacerbated by insufficient armoured vehicles and situational awareness capabilities for troops moving through ISWAP areas of influence outside Garrison towns, said a source familiar the military operations in the region.

On November 16, ISWAP ambushed a Nigerian Army logistics convoy on transit through the Monguno-Gajiram road.

Several soldiers were killed and wounded in the raid, with weapons and gun trucks captured, a fuel tanker was also set ablaze by the terrorists.

Civilians, commercial logistics vehicles and humanitarian workers moving through garrison towns are also not spared by insurgents, who set up checkpoints to screen, abduct and kill commuters.

Those abducted, suffered different fates with a few getting released while others killed or condemned to a life of slavery.

In July, a total of 14 checkpoint incidents occurred, mainly in Borno State, up from five incidents in June, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The agency added that in August, the trend increased with 16 incidents recorded.

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