An army base and a village in northeastern Nigeria were assaulted by extremists before Eid al-Adha entered its second day, AFP reported on August 12th.
The Isis-loyal in West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked a base in Gubio, 80 kilometers from the regional capital, Maiduguri, killing three soldiers and three civilians on August 10th, sources said.
The three soldiers were killed "defending the base from ISWAP extremists who wanted to overrun it", the first source said. "Three civilians were hit and killed in crossfire," said the source, an officer, speaking under conditions of anonymity. Two soldiers and six civilians were injured, he said.
The extremists used eight pickup trucks equipped with machine guns in the assault that lasted two hours until the arrival of a fighter jet, said a second source, who confirmed the toll of the dead and injured.
On August 11th, a separate pre-dawn attack by Boko Haram, ISWAP’s rival, on Ngwom village, 14 kilometres from Maiduguri, ended with two civilians killed and four homes on fire.
Militants also stole jewelry from women, 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.
Extremists tried and failed to overtake a military base following the attack, Kolo and a military source said.