Boko Haram claims it has ambushed and killed 40 soldiers near Mallam Fatorii, Borno State on Tuesday. The faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State’s West Africa Province said it had annihilated “a convoy of the African Coalition Crusader forces” in a report posted on the SITE Intelligence Group.
The army denied the claims. Colonel Sani Kukasheka said that, “the terrorists reinforced around border with Niger Republic,” where there was a fierce battle but that the troops have re captured Mallam Fatori. “The troops killed several of the Boko Haram terrorists in the resulting encounter and subsequently withdrew.” The statement said five civilians lost their lives and another died on the way to the hospital. Three soldiers also sustained injuries.
The situation on the ground in the recent upsurge of the Boko Haram attacks in the last five days remain unclear and independent confirmations of the claims and counter claim have been difficult.
Boko Haram had broken into two factions with Abu Musab al-Barnawi, son of the founder Yusuf Mohammed, installed as the leader by ISIS while Abubakar Shekau, who still insisting he is in charge of the group has reverted the name of the Islamic Terror group to Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad” popularly called Boko Haram