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Islamic State Affirms To Killing 18 Soldiers In West Africa
By Chioma Okwu

Jihadist group Islamic State reportedly claims the responsibility of the death of 13 Nigerian soldiers. The claim which was made known on Thursday asserts that the Jihadists killed 13 Nigerian soldiers and five troops from a West African anti-militant force in attacks over recent days.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last few months.

In its newspaper, Al-Nabaa, IS said its fighters killed the Nigerians in attacks on a military barracks on Friday, a military post on Sunday, and a town on Monday, all in northeastern Borno state.

Fighters also detonated explosives on Wednesday on a vehicle in the Lake Chad region, killing five more soldiers, IS said, without specifying the country.

The militants said the vehicle was carrying troops from a multinational task force - comprising of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon - set up to fight them.

A Nigerian military spokesman declined to comment, and a spokesman for the task force could not immediately be reached.

Boko Haram has waged a decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria which has killed around 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to leave their homes.

Reuters

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