Nigerian troops killed in clashes with IS-linked extremists

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – At least four Nigerian soldiers and a militia fighter were killed in clashes with IS-aligned extremists in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, security sources told AFP yesterday.

Fighting erupted late last Saturday when troops ambushed a convoy of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

“We lost four soldiers and a member of the vigilante group in the fighting,” a military officer said in reference to an anti-extremist militia in the region.

“The terrorists came in large numbers and our troops fought gallantly but they were overwhelmed,” added the officer.

Several troops were also injured and four trucks were lost to the militants, he said. The extremists were riding in pick-up trucks fitted with machine guns.