A military source told SaharaReporters that the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, is responsible for the Friday attack.
The source explained that the soldiers were on their way to Maiduguri, the state capital when the terrorists struck.
“There was another ambush again on Friday. Ambush is the most difficult fight. We lost 20 soldiers. The ambush happened to Marte. Two gun trunks were burnt, while two other gun trucks were taken by Boko Haram militants.” The source said.
This is happening after the Nigerian army said they have recorded a level of success in their efforts to eliminate the insurgents in the Northeast as there is a reported operation ongoing in the area.
The Northeast has been battling with the menace of insurgency for many years.
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