Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has executed a Chadian soldier and rejected President Idriss Deby’s claim that they had been eradicated from the volatile Lake Chad region, officials said on Monday.
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A video, authenticated by Chadian officials, showed a member of ISWAP shooting a kneeling soldier in the head. The victim was in Chadian military uniform.
The killer dismissed Deby’s statement that jihadists had been routed from the Lake Chad region that encompasses Nigeria, Niger and Chad.
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The dead soldier, the video said, was seized in an ambush at Litri on April 18, in which two Chadian soldiers had died.
Two senior Chadian military officers confirmed to AFP, that the man shown in the video was one of the soldiers missing after the attack.
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ISWAP, which split from the Boko Haram jihadist group in 2016, has focused on targeting military installations and troops since the middle of 2018.
However, there has recently been an increase in attacks on civilians blamed on ISWAP.