The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, has claimed that its fighters killed four Nigerian soldiers and two vigilantes after dislodging a military base in Marte, located near the shores of Lake Chad, Borno State.
SaharaReporters gathered that the insurgents on Saturday engaged the Nigerian troops at a military base in the community in a gun battle.
ISWAP in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters on Sunday said four soldiers and two vigilantes were killed during the attack.
The terror group added that it razed down the army camp, two armoured tanks while a military operational vehicle was captured.
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 frequently underplays any losses.
The terror group has caused over 50,000 deaths and displaced millions of individuals mainly in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.