Nigerian Army Sustained Heavy Losses In Recent ISIS Attack In Borno (Photos)

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Nigerian Army Sustained Heavy Losses In Recent ISIS Attack In Borno (Photos)

A MT-LB APC. Click to see full-size image.

On May 6, ISIS terrorists carried out a large attack on a base of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the town of Bulabulin in the northeastern state of Borno.

ISIS news agency, Amaq, claimed that the group’s fighters were able to overrun the base’s defenses after heavy clashes with Nigerian soldiers, who eventually withdrew. According to Amaq, eight soldiers were killed and several others were injured in the clashes.

“The fighters of the Islamic State burned the barracks of the army, an artillery piece, three tanks and a military truck, while they captured six 4×4 vehicles, three other trucks in addition to 19 motorcycles and quantities of weapons and ammunition,” a press released by Amaq reads.

Photos of the attack released by Amaq show a Soviet-made MT-LB armored personnel carrier as well as an Italian OTO Melara Mod 56 105 mm howitzer.

ISIS cells have been expanding their influence in Borno for a while now. Photos released by Amaq on May 8 shade some light on the terrorist group’s presence in the African country.

Nigerian government forces are making immense effort to counter ISIS cells in the northeastern region. Nevertheless, very little has been achieved so far. The terrorist group will likely remain a real threat in that part of Nigeria for years to come.

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