ISIS jihadis launch brutal attack on Nigerian army base

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Militants from the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) have reportedly struck a Nigerian army base and set fires in the surrounding town. Footage shared on social media shows thick black smoke rising in the Askira area of Borno State after the jihadis launched their assault. Northern Nigeria has faced a series of raids and attacks from Islamist terror groups aligned with ISIS in recent years.

The town of Askira is home to around 140,000 people with reports of residents trapped in the homes by the fighting.

It is unclear how many ISWAP militants attacked the Nigerian army base with fighting still ongoing.

Terrorist fighters have reportedly destroyed a number of mobile phone masts in the area.

According to local reports, a large convoy of ISWAP fighters was spotted moving towards Askira in the early hours of Saturday morning.

 

Nigerian news outlet ShaunTV reports that a fierce gun battle is ongoing between army troops and the jihadis.

Engr Abdullahi Musa Askira, Deputy Speaker of the Borno House Assembly told ShaunTV: “Yes, the ISWAP is now assaulting the town of Askira.

“I’ve received reliable information that our men are engaged in combat with them, but that the locals have fled into the jungle.

“My guys informed me that the rebels arrived with around 16 gun trucks and that there is now chaos across the whole town.”

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