Nigerian Troops Suffer Heavy Losses in ISWAP Ambush

At least 100 Nigeria soldiers have been reported killed in an ambush by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Monday, March 23 in Alagarno, Borno State.

The attack left many soldiers injured and a yet unknown number missing.

HumAngle gathered that the soldiers who were part of clearance operation AYISO TAMONUMA against the terror group in the area came under attack when the rear section of their convoy where the Multi barrel Rocket launcher (MBRL) system and a Sino tipper truck carrying soldiers were stationed.

The trucks, popularly known as Yellow Bucket, were attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) killing over 40 soldiers at once.

The trucks were converted into troop transport carriers to fill the deficit of standard military troop carriers and inadequate Mine-Resistant Ambush Protection vehicles.

Sources confirmed that the ambush led to the death of almost 100 soldiers, including three officers, a battalion second-in-command and an air liaison officer.

Four hunters supporting the operation were also killed during the attack in which an unknown number of soldiers were abducted. However, some soldiers injured in the ambush have been evacuated for medical treatment.

This attack comes three weeks after a similar attack in Goneri, Yobe State, resulting in several casualties and the destruction of military vehicles worth millions of naira.

Names and units of the dead, injured or abducted soldiers are not yet known, as the military authorities and the government have not acknowledged the attack.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education from the University of Abuja.

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