ISIS terrorists ambushed a large special forces unit of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the northeastern state of Borno.
The unit fell into the terrorist ambush while it was moving on Mngliaiduguri-Damboa road on July 7. According to ISIS news agency, Amaq, the unit was targeted with “all sorts of weapons.”
ISIS claimed that up to 40 service members of the Nigerian Armed Forces were killed in the brutal ambush. However, local Nigerian media reported that only 19 were killed. Photos released by the terrorist group on July 9, confirmed local media reports.
During the ambush, ISIS terrorists seized five pick-up trucks as well as loads of weapons, including dozens of assault rifles and heavy machine guns. The terrorists also burned a Chinese-made CS-VP3 armored vehicle.
ISIS cells are highly-active in Borno, especially in the area bordering Lake Chad. Last month, the terrorists killed more than 20 soldiers and 40 civilians in a brutal attack on the towns of Monguno and Nganzai.
The Nigerian military and security forces are intensifying their operations in Borno to address the ever growing threat of ISIS. However, more efforts need to be done. Better coordination with other countries neighboring Lake Chad is also needed.