A group of militiamen, the Islamic State linked Jihadists, have raided three military outposts separately killing five security officers in northeast Nigeria, sources close to Defence Ministry said Wednesday.
The first attack took place in Tungushe, a village near the Borno state capital Maiduguri, when a few trucks fully loaded with gunmen from the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) group stormed the military outpost, fatally wounding a soldier and leaving another wounded.
The Nigerian army officer whose identity cannot be disclosed revealed some details of the attack, “The terrorists hit at about 6pm on Monday, leading to a gunfight in which a soldier was killed and another one was injured.”
He also mentioned that two insurgents were killed in the shootout with troops. The army soldiers managed to seize a gun truck equipped with a machinegun along with other weapons.
The militants withdrew and attacked troops in nearby Gajiganna, where they killed a second soldier and seized a gun truck, according to anti-jihadist militiaman Ibrahim Liman.
Around the same time on Monday, insurgents on motorcycles and in four trucks fitted with machine guns stormed into the town of Rann near the border with Cameroon, attacking troops and militia positions. Three soldiers have been killed.
ISWAP on Tuesday issued a statement claiming responsibility for three attacks, including the ones in Tungushe and Rann, resulting in the “killing and wounding” of several troops and the burning of 20 public buildings.