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Islamic State West Africa targets Nigerian army in new video


The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWA–formerly known as Boko Haram) has released a short video showing its forces overrunning a Nigerian army position in the northeastern Nigerian province of Borno. The date of the incident is unknown, but attacks in Borno happen frequently.

The video shows ISWA fighters advancing on the position through an open field on foot and in several technicals (heavily armed pickup trucks). The fighters are then shown targeting the Nigerian forces, including a tank. After a heavy gunfight, Nigerian personnel and the tank are seen retreating from their positions. The last half of the video shows several dead Nigerian soldiers, while one soldier is seen being captured and subsequently beheaded. In the last scenes, the jihadists show off weapons and vehicles taken as “spoils.”

Many of the scenes in the video are too graphic to be published at The Long War Journal.

While the Nigerian military has driven ISWA out of many of its strongholds in Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria, the jihadist group continues to pose a significant threat to the Nigerian military and the civilians in the area. Suicide bombings and attacks like the one shown in the video are still an almost daily occurrence in the the West African country. Additionally, the jihadist group has been able to conduct operations in neighboring Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.

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