A deadly new (breakaway) faction of the Nigerian-based Boko Haram terrorist organization, referred to by the U.S. President Barack Obama (when he met aside with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday during the UN General Assembly in New York) as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) affiliate in West Africa, said Tuesday that it had killed more than 40 troops from a coalition force in northeast Nigeria . . .
The ISIS affiliate in West Africa claimed it destroyed “a convoy of the African Coalition Crusader forces” in the town of Malam Fatori in Borno State of northern Nigeria, according to SITE Intelligence Group. It added that the attack “resulted in killing more than 40 and wounding dozens” of troops from both Nigeria but also the coalition force battling insurgents in northeast Nigeria, which includes Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
It is the fourth attack in three days, signifying a surge in coordinated attacks after a leadership dispute within the ISIS affiliate of the original Boko Haram led by illusive Abubakar Shekau. It is the first attack claimed by the ISIS faction since August. In that month, the radical Islamist group named its new caliph in the country, via its al-Naba newspaper, as Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
The decision caused a leadership tussle between Barnawi and longtime Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who initially pledged allegiance to ISIS in March 2015 during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, making the group’s first sub-Saharan affiliate of ISIS. Shekau has now converted his faction BACK to its old moniker, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, or “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.”
The Nigerian Military High Command (DHQ) in Abuja Nigeria’s capital, is yet to comment on the latest claim by this factional group of Boko Haram.