Over 30 soldiers of the Nigerian Army
(NA) were shot dead after jihadist insurgents in the northern
countryside of the embattled country concluded a succesful ambush on
Deploying land mines, technicals and
machine-gun fire at close range, militants loyal to the outlawed Boko
Haram (ISIS franchise) caught government soldiers completely off-guard
in what ended up being a de facto massacre.
Viewer discretion is advised as most of the following images are highlygraphic:
The photos were released by Amaq Agency,
considered to be the Islamic State’s primary media outlet. The
ISIS-tied outlet did however not specify where exactly the above ambush
Boko Haram, a jihadist group which has
pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, has been
deadlocked in clashes with a UN-backed coalition of African states
(Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger) that was formed in March 2015.
Boko Haram has outlived other militant
groups in northern Nigeria, and has built a presence in neighbouring
states where it has carried out attacks and has recruited fighters.
It has a force of thousands of men – CIA
officials have estimated around 9,000 – and cells that specialise in
bombings. Through its raids on military bases and banks, it has gained
control of vast amounts of weapons and money.