Troops of the Nigerian Army have repelled an attack by suspected fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province in Ngirbua Village, Yobe State.
According to military sources, the troops ambushed the terrorists, killing a yet to be ascertained number of them while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds in the encounter.
The sources added that Anti Aircraft Guns, AK 47 riffles, among others were recovered from the insurgents.
Since the death of JAS leader, Abubakar Shekau, ISWAP has been consolidating its grip in locations around Lake Chad.
Just recently, it appointed Wali Sani Shuwaram, a 45-year-old as the new Leader (Wali) of ISWAP in 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 insurgency had been largely defeated and the military frequently underplays any losses.
The terror group has caused over 100,000 deaths and displaced millions of individuals mainly in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.