On January 5, Boko Haram fighters attacked a position of the Nigirian Army in the village of Knma in the northeastern Brono state, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. Three soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed by Boko Haram fighters in the attack. Moreover, ISIS fighters captured two vehicles of the Nigerian Army and many light and heavy weapons including mortars, RPGs and machine guns.
The attack was likely carried by the Abu-Musab al-Barnawi branch of Boko Haram, which was loyal to ISIS because the attack was reported by Amaq. Abu-Musab al-Barnawi was appointed by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the new leader of the group in early August 2016. However, the original leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau rejected al-Baghdadi’s order, which led to an internal conflict within the terrorist group.
Lately, Boko Haram increased its attacks against the Nigerian Army and civilians in northeastern Nigeria. On January 3, a suicide bomber of Boko Haram killed eleven civilians when he blew himself up inside a mosque in the town of Gamboru in Borno state, according to AFP.
The Nigerian Army has conducted dozens of successful operations against strongholds of Boko Harama in northeastern Nigeria over the last two years. However, eliminating the terrorist group will likely take much more time.