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US News Nigeria: jihadists attack a UN base in the northeast

03:20  02 march  2021
03:20  02 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Heavily armed jihadists have carried out an "extremely violent" attack on a vital aid facility housing United Nations workers in northeast Nigeria , the UN said Monday. No aid workers were harmed in the assault, but a military source said that one soldier and four assailants died in the ensuing gunfight. The UN said it "was outraged by the extremely violent attack on this key humanitarian facility where five United Nations staff were staying at the time of the incident".

Jihadists in the restive north - east of Nigeria have taken hundreds of people hostage who had only recently returned home from refugee camps, after local government officials claimed their town was safe. Nigeria ’s army and government have not released details of casualties or released details of the attack thought to have been carried out by militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Boko Haram, which has waged an insurgency in north - east Nigeria since 2009.

Un véhicule du groupe jihadiste Iswap, récupéré par l'armée nigériane lors d'une opération anti-terroriste. (image d'illustration) © AUDU MARTE / AFP A vehicle of the jihadist group Iswap, recovered by the Nigerian army during an anti-terrorist operation. (Illustrative image)

Jihadists from the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group attacked a UN base in the town of Dikwa in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, March 1, and attempted in the evening to enter a secure space where 25 humanitarian workers have taken refuge, according to security and humanitarian sources quoted by AFP.

Fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group invaded Dikwa on Monday evening, attacking a military camp and a UN base, an army official and a humanitarian source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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Map of Nigeria locating Islamist attack on humanitarian aid facility in Ngala (AFP Photo/Jean-Michel CORNU). Kano ( Nigeria ) (AFP) - Heavily armed jihadists have carried out an "extremely violent" attack on a vital aid facility housing United Nations workers in northeast Nigeria , the UN said The attack is the latest to target humanitarian organisations trying to tackle the vast humanitarian crisis caused by the decade-long jihadist insurgency in northeast Nigeria . A jihadist faction linked to the Islamic State group said in an online statement that it carried out an assault on soldiers in the area on

Jihadists reported to be linked to the Islamic State group killed dozens of people in the latest of a spate of bloody attacks in northeast Nigeria , local sources said Sunday. The same group of jihadists was then believed to have carried out an attack on the strategic garrison town of Monguno several hours later. Security sources and residents on Sunday raised the death toll from that assault from six to 15 as more bodies were discovered. “The number of those killed is now 15, including nine soldiers, a vigilante and five civilians,” said government-backed militia member Bukar Ari.

"The terrorists of Iswap launched a simultaneous attack on a super camp (military base) and on a UN humanitarian base", according to the military source.

"The humanitarian base has been set on fire by combatants but so far no employee has been affected," the humanitarian source told AFP. "We have 25 employees who have taken refuge in a bunker, which the insurgents are currently trying to invade," she said, confirming information from the head of the army.

Military reinforcements based in the town of Marte, 40 kilometers away, were dispatched to help push back the jihadists, the humanitarian source said. "Two planes and a helicopter provide air support, in order to scare the jihadists away from the humanitarian base," it was added.

Three years ago, on March 1, 2018, Iswap fighters attacked a UN base in the town of Rann, in northeastern Nigeria. Eight members of the security forces were killed as well as three Nigerian employees of Unicef ​​and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

(with AFP)

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