On February 6, the ISIS news agency Amaq released photos of a recent attack on the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) in the northeastern part of the country.
The attack, which took place a day earlier, saw cells of ISIS ambushing a NAF unit on a road between the towns of Goniri and Gorgi in Gujba and Damaturu local government areas of Yobe and Borno State.
According to Amaq, six soldiers of the NAF were killed in the ambush. The remaining troops, however, were able to flee the scene.
Amaq’s photos show a destroyed bulldozer and a damaged SOTREX Phantom 2 armored personnel carrier. ISIS cells also seized a pick-up truck armed with a heavy machine gun along with some light weapons.
Recently, ISIS cells intensified their attacks in northeastern Nigeria, mainly near Lake Chad. The terrorists are working to establish a stronghold in the region.
The terrorists repelled on February 7 an attack by the NAF and other pro-government forces on their hideouts near the town of Malari. Amaq claimed that 20 soldiers were killed or wounded in the failed attack. Four pickups were allegedly destroyed.
Nigerian government forces seem to be unable to contain ISIS threat in the country’s northeastern region. The lack of proper coordination with neighboring countries allows the group to maintain hideouts around Lake Chad.
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