ISIS cells in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno have intensified their operations against government forces.
The group’s terrorists ambushed on May 12 a unit of the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) on a road linking the towns of Gajiram and Monguno. A Nigerian service member was killed and a pick-up truck was captured by the terrorists.
A day later, ISIS cells attacked a position of the NAF near the town of Mainok. The terrorists also ambushed a convoy of reinforcements as it arrived in the scene. At least 17 soldiers were killed and others were injured, according to ISIS’ claims.
The terrorist group’s agency, Amaq, also claimed that two vehicles and loads of weapons were captured. An armored vehicle and a fuel tanker were allegedly destroyed.
ISIS operations were not limited to assaults and ambushes. On May 13, the group’s terrorists shelled two positions of the NAF in the towns of Maiduguri and Jakana with six Grad rockets.
On the same day, the terrorists shelled a base of the NAF near the town of Malam Fatori with ten 107mm rockets and ten mortar shells.
ISIS in West Africa (ISWA), known as Boko Haram, has been active in Borno, mainly in the areas bordering Lake Chad, for several years now.
The recent attacks in Borno indicate that ISWA’s cells are gaining momentum, once again. The NAF and local security forces are yet to take effective measures to address the growing threat of the terrorist group in the state.