An ambush orchestrated by fighters suspected of being linked to terrorist group Isis killed on Sunday, August 18th, four Nigerian soldiers in the country’s troubled northeast, reported AFP.
Attackers believed to be from the Isis group active in West Africa Province (ISWAP) opened fire on a military patrol near Mogula village close to the border with Cameroon. The assailants killed four soldiers and seized two machine guns.
"Our troops came under attack by ISWAP terrorists in Mogula in an ambush in which we lost four soldiers," a military source said.
"The attack happened at around 11.00 hours when the team was on routine patrol in the area," added a military source.
Another military source claimed that the attackers attempted to seize two military pickups; however, they abandoned them, as the vehicles slowed their escape due to the poor condition of the road.
"They however dismantled the anti-aircraft guns mounted on the two vehicles and went away with them," he said.
The sources were guaranteed anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the incident.
The decade-long extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria has claimed over 27,000 lives and forced around two million people from their homes.
ISWAP split off from the Boko Haram faction controlled by long-time leader Abubakar Shekau in 2016.
The Isis-linked fighters have in recent weeks been asserting their existence in areas near the border with Cameroon controlled by Shekau's group.
On August 10th, ISWAP unsuccessfully attempted to ambush a military convoy near Mogula village.
Since July last year, ISWAP has intensified attacks on military targets, raiding bases and ambushing troops.
Shekau's faction is notorious for attacking softer civilian targets, but it has also carried out assaults against soldiers.