The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, has claimed that its fighters killed two soldiers during an attack on a military checkpoint in Buratai village, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
Buratai is the country home of a former Chief of Army Staff and Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Yusuf Buratai.
The community is situated some 215km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
ISWAP in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters on Friday said two soldiers were killed while others were injured during an attack on a checkpoint in the community during the week.
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The terrorist group also claimed responsibility for a September 17 bomb attack targeting a Nigerian army patrol on the road linking the towns of Damboa and Maiduguri, also in Borno State.
Since the death of JAS leader, Abubakar Shekau, ISWAP has been consolidating its grip in locations around Lake Chad.
The sect’s membership has swollen with the defection of hundreds of Boko Haram fighters under Shekau.
The Nigerian army has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency has been largely defeated.
Meanwhile, the terrorists have caused the death of thousands of people and displacement of millions of others mainly in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.