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Troops Record Heavy Loss In ISWAP Ambush

As many as 25 soldiers were reportedly killed following the attack by ISWAP insurgents in Northeast Nigeria.

The Nigerian military has reportedly suffered a huge loss of troops in an ambush by terrorists believed to be Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. 

At the time of this report, alternate figures are being quoted by different sources, including military officials.

Soldiers travelling between Maiduguri and Marte in a convoy of gun trucks came under heavy attack in an ambush staged by the insurgents.

Reliable sources familiar with the event said one of the vehicles in a long convoy of soldiers, on a pass to Maiduguri, trampled on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that erupted before the attackers opened fire on the distracted soldiers. 

The source said the IED was buried on the main route at Ala, a hamlet a few kilometres from Marte town. 

The convoy was populated by soldiers granted a pass to travel out of the frontline.  The soldiers on the pass were being escorted by many gun trucks, most of which were riddled with bullets.

As many as 25 soldiers, including a commanding officer, were feared and injured. “It was a bad day for us,” the security personnel said. “We lost as many as 20 soldiers, and many were injured too.”

The source said the attack was forewarned as locals who had spotted the insurgents’ movement alerted the troops around that area of responsibility. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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