GAZAGANA, 12 January 2021 – Nigerian armed and security authorities say 13 of their soldiers were killed in an ambush by jihadist fighters over the weekend.

The new death toll is a dozen more soldiers killed compared to an earlier report by the military which said only one soldier had been killed.

Convoy of Nigerian soldiers

Convoy of Nigerian soldiers – Photo MSN.com

The Nigerian military initially claimed that their soldiers “neutralized” 28 jihadists while suffering only one fatality.

There was no clarification on Tuesday as to why the facts were hidden.

It is also unclear if Nigerian soldiers actually killed – or to use their terminology – if they “neutralized” 28 jihadist fighters..

The soldiers were killed Saturday in Gazagana village in the northeastern state of Yobe by jihadists of the Islamic State West Africa Province group (ISWAP).

Locating Yobe State

Locating Yobe State – Photo Media Bypass

ISWAP insurgents hit the convoy in which the Nigerian soldiers were traveling with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades.

The group split from the main Boko Haram group in 2016 and has taken responsibility for numerous violent attacks in Yobe State.

In one of the deadliest attack by ISWAP fighters in nearby Borno State, at least 70 civilians were killed.

Many of the 70 killed were farmers, out in the fields, harvesting their crops at the time of the attack.

No fewer than 30 of the 70 victims in that incident were beheaded and ten women were abducted.

Women kidnapped by ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters generally end up forced into sex slavery during their captivity.

More than 37,000 people have been killed or have died in incidents involving Boko Haram, ISWAP and other Islamic groups, according to estimates put together by online groups tracking violent conflicts in Africa and figutes released by the Council on Foreign Relations.

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