A convoy of the Nigerian military was ambushed on September 10 by ISIS near Lake Chad in country’s northeastern region.
The convoy was reportedly heading towards the town of Gudumbali in Borno state, when the terrorist group’s fighters targeted it with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
“The terrorists surprised troops with an ambush as they were heading to Gudumbali … We lost several soldiers, vehicles and weapons to the terrorists in the attack,” a Nigerian security source told the France-Press Agency (AFP).
ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, said that “dozens” of Nigerian service members were killed or injured in the ambush. The AFP’s source confirmed that the number of casualties was “huge.”
According to Amaq, the terrorists captured nine 4×4 trucks during the ambush. Photos of the ambush show that the terrorist group also captured a Panhard AML armored scout car and a Igirigi armored personnel carrier (APC).
In the last few months, ISIS fighters stepped up their operations near Lake Chad in what appears to be an attempt to strengthen their influence in the region. The Gudumbali ambush was one of the terrorist group’s biggest attacks in 2019.