Eight soldiers killed in jihadist attack in Nigeria
According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), at least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed on Friday and several others were abducted during an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants.
“A military convoy came under rocket fire by ISWAP militants as it made its way between the towns of Dikwa and Marte (Borno State) in the Lake Chad region,” sources told AFP.
“It was the second high-profile attack in less than two weeks by ISWAP jihadists, who are waging a 12-year Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast,” reported the news agency.
Terrorist groups such as ISWAP have killed tens of thousands of Christians in Nigeria and displaced millions in an attempt to discard western influence and impose strict Islamic Sharia law. “ISWAP, which split from the mainstream Boko Haram in 2016, has become a dominant group, focusing on military targets and high-profile attacks, including against aid workers.” Wrote Sahara Reporters, “The Nigerian army has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency has been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.”
ISWAP often tries to radicalise those whom they have taken captive. If they are unable to, they may use them as slaves, suicide bombers, or ransom them back to family and friends. Often, those who are taken do not ever return to their homes or families.