At least eight soldiers were reportedly injured in a recent clash with terrorists from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State.
In addition, three internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed and others were injured in separate attacks by the assailants. The latest attack comes just days after ISWAP allegedly used RPGs to injure scores of servicemen and civilians during an operation at Talala enclaves of the dreaded group in the same local government.
It was learned that four loggers from a Lowcost camp had gone out in search of fire about 7 kilometers away from Damboa when terrorists opened fire on them, killing three people and injuring others.
According to a Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member who spoke about the latest attack, the escapees reported the case to the troops.
“Four of them (IDPs) went to get firewood this morning, but one of them came back with bullet wounds.” “We recovered three dead bodies from the pool; they were shot in the heads and buried according to Islamic rights,” a security source explained.
However, another security source told the publication that troops killed an unspecified number of ISWAP fighters in another attack. At least 12 people, including eight soldiers, were injured in the incident, which he said occurred on Tuesday.
According to the source, a military helicopter arrived in Damboa in the early hours of Thursday to transport the injured soldiers to Maiduguri for treatment.