|Published : 21 Sep 2016, 10:24:46|
Extremists claim 40 troops killed in Nigeria
Islamic extremists said Tuesday they killed more than 40 troops from a multinational force in an attack on a convoy in northeast Nigeria — the fourth attack in three days following a lull as Nigeria's home-grown insurgency confronts a leadership struggle, reports AP.
Analysts are warning that the struggle could lead to more violent attacks that will kill more people in a 7-year-old Islamic uprising started by Boko Haram that has killed more than 20,000 people, forced 2.6 million from their homes and spread to neighbouring states.
The Islamic State's West Africa Province annihilated "a convoy of the African Coalition Crusader forces" in the town of Malam Fatori, the SITE Intelligence Group reported, translating an IS communique posted on social media. There was no way to independently verify the claim and no word from Nigeria's military late Tuesday night.
Eighteen people were killed Sunday and Monday when insurgents ambushed another convoy, gunned down Christians leaving a Sunday church service and beheaded a village head and his son.
No one has claimed responsibility for the earlier attacks.
Tuesday's was the first Nigeria attack claimed by the IS group since August, when it named a new caliph in Nigeria and provoked a struggle with the longtime leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
Shekau pledged Boko Haram's allegiance to the Islamic State in 2015, giving it its first sub-Saharan franchise. Islamic State said it replaced Shekau in August, in a dispute that revolved around his indiscriminate killings of Muslims.