Jihadists connected to the Islamic State bunch have slaughtered 14 Nigerian fighters in an assault on a military base, military sources have said.
Two sources disclosed to Agence France-Presse on state of namelessness that warriors from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) bunch had assaulted the base in Jakana on Friday night, discharging automatic rifles and rocket-moved explosives.
“We lost 14 troopers in the battle, including the leader and another official,” one source said. A few different troopers were missing and dared to have either gotten away or been caught by the assailants, said the second source who gave a similar cost. The sources asked not to be distinguished as they were not approved to talk.
The extremists held onto four trucks fitted with assault rifles in the attack, the sources said. Jakana, 25km (15 miles) from provincial capital Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, lies on a realized intersection course for ISWAP warriors moving between their camps in the Benisheikh backwoods zone of Borno and their forts in the Buni Yadi zone of Yobe.
The town and the base have been more than once struck by the jihadist contenders who fragmented from the principle Boko Haram bunch four years back. Since the split, ISWAP has escalated assaults on military targets, striking bases and ambushing officers.
In any event 36,000 individuals have been executed and around 2 million uprooted in the long term Islamist strife in upper east Nigeria.
The brutality has spread to neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad, prompting the arrangement of a local military power to battle the agitators.