In Nigeria, more than 40 people have been killed since September 26th in two village attacks by gunmen in northwestern Nigeria, where a military base was also attacked by jihadists.
“Unidentified men attacked (Sunday) the village of Madamai in Kaura district … 34 residents were killed in the attack. Seven were injured,” Kaduna State security chief Samuel Aruwan said in a statement.
“Soldiers were dispatched to the scene of the attack, where they came under fire, before forcing the attackers to retreat after intense gunfire,” the official added.
“In retaliation” for this attack, as well as another in which one person was killed in the village of Jankasa, “eight people were killed, six were wounded, and several houses destroyed (…) in the village of Kacecere” by “unidentified men”, according to a new statement signed.
On September 27th, the Nigerian military that suspected Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) fighters and criminals attacked Burkusuma camp, one of their bases in Sokoto state, in Nigeria’s far northwest.
“Troops successfully repelled an attack by suspected Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) terrorists and bandits,” a military spokesman, Benjamin Sawyerr, said in a statement.
Information about the attack has been slow to emerge because authorities in Sokoto have cut off the telephone network in part of the territory in order to fight the terrorists more effectively.
“The attackers arrived in large numbers using telephone networks in the neighboring country (Niger), Sawyerr said.
“Several ISWAP fighters were eliminated, and others escaped but were injured to varying degrees,” Sawyerr added.
“Unfortunately, there were a number of casualties recorded among our troops,” he added without giving further details.
This week, military sources also warned of a movement of more than 200 fighters belonging to another jihadist group, likely Boko Haram, present in the Northeast and heading towards Kaduna State.
A military operation has been underway since early September in Zamfara State, the main hideout of the terrorists.
Due to this operation, neighboring states, such as Kaduna, Sokoto and Katsina, are concerned about the movement of these groups into their territories.
They have put restrictions in place, including cutting off telephone networks to prevent the armed groups from talking to each other.
But these restrictions are also exacerbating the economic difficulties of the people of northwestern Nigeria, who are already suffering from extreme poverty.
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