The terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has claimed responsibility for a July 24 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack targeting the Nigerian army and pro-government militia patrol near Bama town in Borno State.
It would be recalled that the terrorist attack allegedly killed three soldiers and inflicted at least 13 casualties among the allied militiamen.
Nigeria’s military is battling to end a 13-year conflict spearheaded by armed groups like Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. It has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced 2.2 million more.
Boko Haram seized Bama in 2014 when they took over swaths of territory in northern Borno and declared a so-called caliphate.
In March 2015, Nigerian troops aided by Chadian soldiers clawed back most of the territory after months-long intensive ground and aerial operations.
Residents who had fled the town returned three years later, with many of them living in displaced camps as the town was substantially destroyed during the fighting to retake it.