ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has claimed responsibility for a recent attack targeting a Nigerian Army checkpoint in Monguno town in Borno State.
Newsbreak.ng reports that this update was given on Saturday morning by Evan Kohlmann, an international terrorism consultant.
ISIS is believed to be in alliance with ISWAP, an offshoot of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation.
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.
Insecurity has led to declines in agricultural production and trade, reducing access to food and threatening the many households that depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
Thousands of displaced people lack access to food, health facilities, shelter and clean water, with children more vulnerable.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram group split into two in 2016 with its rival ISIL-allied faction ISWAP becoming the dominant threat.
Despite ongoing military operations, the groups have continued to launch attacks, spreading violence to parts of neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.