ISWAP Terrorists Ambush Nigerian Soldiers, Kill 13 In Yobe

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Some Nigerian have died a painful death after being ambushed by terrorists in Yobe.

At least thirteen died in an ambush by jihadist fighters from Islamic State West Province group in volatile northeastern Nigeria, two sources told AFP on Monday.

Heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades hit a military convoy in Gazagana village, 30 kilometres from Yobe state capital Damaturu on .

“We lost 13 in this ambush, and several were injured,” an officer said.

convoy was headed for a military base at Buni Yadi, another 20 kilometres from Damaturu, said second source, who gave same death toll.

“It was a fierce battle, and the terrorists also suffered casualties,” he said, without giving a figure.

The ISWAP group carries regular in Buni Yadi region on soldiers and travellers, with the spilling over into Borno state.

Since 2009, the jihadist campaign in Nigeria has focused on Borno where the Boko Haram group is also active.

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016 and rose to become a dominant group.

The has spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the .

At least 36,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has displaced about two from their homes since 2009.