Nigeria: Heavy fighting between ISWAP jihadists and army in the Northeast - RFI
ISWAP jihadists, the ISIS group in West Africa, carried out a new attack on a barracks Monday 29
By RFIPalled on 02-08-2019Modified on 02-08-2019 at 01:19
ISWAP jihadists, the Islamic State's group in West Africa, led a new attack on a barracks on Monday (July 29th) in the north-east of the country.
ISWAP fighters first led an assault on the military naval base in Baga, near Lake Chad. The insurgents arrived at dawn Monday, on board pickup truck. Pushed back, the jihadists fled. On their way, they attacked a convoy of soldiers from Maiduguri. These soldiers were members of the special forces, so men very experienced and trained in fighting vis-à-vis. And they had been warned by the naval base. The battle was extremely hard.
The ISIS group in West Africa claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement authenticated by the US center for jihadist site monitoring, SITE. The ISWAP claims to have killed fifteen soldiers and claims to have lost no fighters. The Joint Regional Force concedes for its part in a statement to have lost a soldier and killed a dozen jihadists. Quantified balance sheets to handle with care. The conflict in this region of Lake Chad is also a battle of attrition where propaganda is raging.
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Remains that the military naval base of Baga has been the victim of repeated attacks since 2014. This barracks is adjacent to the shores of Lake Chad, where members of the Boko Haram branch affiliated to the Islamic State are cut off. Since July 2018, the men of Abu Mosab al-Barnaoui have intensified their attacks against the North-East military bases. And, according to observers, they would have killed hundreds of soldiers, while accumulating since a large arsenal of war.
On Tuesday, the Nigerian presidency had repeated " defeating " Boko Haram " in its original form ", ten years after the insurgency began in July 2009.
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