Militants belonging to the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have allegedly killed many Nigerians soldiers in Cross Kauwa, Borno State.
Cross Kauwa, sometimes referred to simply as Kauwa, is located within the Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
The town is located along a road that runs from Baga to the east (formerly at the shore of Lake Chad) and to Kukawa to the west. Another road leads south to Monguno.
Maina Maaji Lawan, a former governor of Borno state, and later a Senator, was born in the town – Kauwa.
ISWAP in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters said the soldiers were killed recently during an ambush on Nigerian troops in the community.
Also displayed were operational vehicles, military hardware, and ammunition the group allegedly captured from the Nigerian Army.
The insurgents also released a picture showing some soldiers allegedly killed, claiming it killed ‘many soldiers’.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands of Nigerians and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.
The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.
It recently said over 3,000 ex-fighters have surrendered to the government.