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Seven soldiers, four Civilian JTF feared killed in Borno

Seven soldiers, four Civilian JTF feared killed in Borno

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Seven soldiers, four Civilian JTF feared killed in Borno

By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have killed seven soldiers and four civilians JTF in an ambush along the Marte/Dikwa axis of Borno State.

Confirming the incident Saturday in Maiduguri, the Sector leader of Civilian JTF, Modu Ba’ana said the insurgents planted the improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Thursday along the Maiduguri/Dikwa, while the military convoy was travelling from Marte to Maiduguri.

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According to him, the convoy was escorting soldiers that were granted leave passes from Marte to catch a flight to their respective destinations in the country.

He said that the ISWAP ambush occurred at Ala village and located between Dikwa and Marte border towns.

On how the troops and civilians were killed, he said: “One of the military vehicles stepped on the IEDs planted by the terrorists.

“The terrorists; who were hidden around the spot also opened fire at the other convoys, leading to the death of seven soldiers and four local security vigilantes who were travelling in the convoy.”

The Sector Commander of Civilian JTF noted that the ambush is ISWAP’s strategies to consolidate its hold on Sambisa Forest after Boko Haram’s withdrawal in July.

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He added that the ISWAP fighters were led by Aboubacar Oucacha Fiya, who oversees the Marte areas in Lake Chad Basin.

The Thursday coordinated attacks, also coincided with repel of ISWAP terrorists on the military bases in Malam Fatori and Babangida communities of Borno and Yobe states.

Seven soldiers, four Civilian JTF feared killed in Borno

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