Attack on soldiers took place in town of Gajiganna
in northeastern Borno state on Friday, group’s news agency claims.
ISIL fighters killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on
the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group has claimed through its news
The armed group said on Saturday the attack on the soldiers
took place in the town in northeastern Borno state on Friday. It published
pictures of burned barracks and dead bodies it claimed belonged to the
Three sources, including one hospital source, confirmed the
attack to the Reuters news agency. The sources said the fighters stormed the
town on a motorbike at roughly 6:30pm (17:30 GMT) and opened fire on residents
and the military in sporadic shootings.
The fighters fled after the military called in air force support and
reinforcements from a battalion in a neighbouring town.
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an affiliate of the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) has carried out a string of
attacks in Nigeria in recent months.
The group split in 2016 from Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which has waged a
decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has killed some 30,000 people
and displaced a further two million.