Boko Haram Kill 53 Soldiers, Farmers in Fresh Attacks
Boko Haram Insurgents have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, in a new show of force. Despite the government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has recently carried out a string of major attacks on military and civilian targets.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, killed at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases. A pro-government militiaman said the jihadists arrived on over 20 trucks and army air support did not arrive until after they had “invaded the base and looted the weapons”. The same day, jihadists also launched a pre-dawn attack on a base in the town of Gajiram, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.