Eight Killed In Nigeria Jihadist Attacks, Say Military
Faizan Hashmi 12 days ago Mon 12th August 2019 | 04:50 PM
Kano, Nigeria, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Aug, 2019 ) :Eight people, including three soldiers, were killed in jihadist attacks on an army base and village in northeast Nigeria ahead of Monday's Eid al-Adha festival, military sources said.
Three troops and three civilians died on Saturday when fighters from the IS-aligned Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group attacked a base in Gubio, a town 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri, two sources said Sunday.
Three soldiers were killed "defending the base from ISWAP terrorists who wanted to overrun it", the first source said.
"Three civilians were hit and killed in crossfire," said the source, an officer who asked not to be identified for fear of punishment.
Two soldiers and six civilians were injured, he said.
The jihadists attacked the base in eight pickup trucks fitted with machine guns, leading to a two-hour long battle, said the second source, who gave the same toll.
The attack was repelled with the aid of a fighter jet which deployed two hours into the clashes, said the officer.
"The terrorists were pulverised and forced to withdraw. Eleven of them were killed and three of their vehicles were seized," he said.
Gunmen in pickup trucks stormed the village in a pre-dawn attack, shooting dead two male residents before robbing women of jewelry and torching four houses, anti-Boko Haram militia leader Babakura Kolo said.
"A woman had one of her ears chopped off by the insurgents as punishment for resisting being robbed," Kolo said.
The jihadists attempted to seize a nearby military base after the raid, but were rebuffed following a one-hour gunfight, Kolo and a military source said.
The jihadists are notorious for stepping up attacks during the Eid season, prompting heightened security across the region.
Since mid-2018 ISWAP has ramped up attacks on the military, while Shekau's group tends to hit softer civilian targets.