Tension As Terrorists Storm Borno, Kill 10 Soldiers, Take One Hostage

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Some Islamic State-linked Jihadists have caused serous commotion in .

The 10 soldiers while they took one as a hostage at a fierce battle in on Monday, as confirmed by two security sources.

The gunbattle occurred when a team soldiers invaded a camp the Islamic State West Africa Province in Alagarno village in Damboa district.

“We lost ten soldiers in the fight, and the took one,” a security source told AFP on Tuesday.

The hostage was seized while fleeing to safety after the troops were outgunned, he said.

“It was an intense battle, and the also suffered casualties, but they were able to overwhelm the soldiers,” said a second security source confirmed the . The insurgents seized four vehicles, including a truck and an armoured vehicle, the second source said. Both sources asked to be identified.

Alagarno, which lies 150 kilometres (90 miles) from regional capital , is a stronghold ISWAP, which split from the Boko Haram jihadists’ group in 2016 and rose to become a dominant force.

ISWAP has increasingly been attacking civilians, killing and abducting on highways as well as raiding villages for food supplies.

On Tuesday, ISWAP said its fighters seven soldiers while repelling an in Alagarno forest.

“Clashes took place with a variety weapons, which led to the killing seven elements and taking an eighth prisoner,” the group said in a statement, according to SITE Intelligence, which monitors jihadist activities worldwide.

The insurgents seized “an array of weapons” and vehicles, the statement said. ISWAP claimed it four troops on the same day in a separate near the town of Gamboru close to the with Cameroon.

AFP could independently verify the claim. At least 36,000 have been killed and around two million from homes since the start of the conflict 11 years ago.

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