On January 21, the ISIS news agency Amaq released photos of a recent ambush that targeted a large convoy of Nigerian government forces in the northeastern state of Borno.
The ambush took place near the town of Gorgi in the Damboa Local Government Area on January 17. Terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) targeted a convoy escorted by a foot patrol with a number of improvised explosive devices.
According to Amaq, at least 30 Nigerian service members were killed or injured in the ambush. Moreover, four armored vehicles were destroyed.
Amaq’s photos show at least two ISOTREX Phantom 2 armored personnel carriers, which were completely destroyed in the ambush.
The ISWAP stepped up its attacks in Borno in the last few days. On January 15, terrorists took over the town of Marte 90 km northeast of Maiduguri, the capital of the province. Nigerian government forces recaptured the town on January 17.
ISWAP terrorists launched a second attack on government troops in Marte on January 18. At least 20 Nigerian soldiers were killed. Two vehicles were also destroyed.
Nigerian government forces have been making an immense effort to put an end to the ISWAP presence in the northeastern region. The terrorist group is not backing down, however.
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