Aid groups in Nigeria said Wednesday six civilians died in an attack claimed by an Islamic State affiliate on a northeastern town that, according to the UN, “directly targeted” aid facilities.
The attack launched late on Monday was claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, which split from mainstream Boko Haram in 2016, saying it killed two soldiers, burnt down a military base and a UN building.
“At least six civilians lost their lives in crossfire, several others were injured and are still missing,” said a statement by the Nigeria INGO Forum, gathering international charities such as the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council and 52 others.
According to the coalition of NGOs, there was a second attack on Tuesday.
Two security sources and a humanitarian source who requested anonymity told AFP that the insurgents were able to take control of the town for several hours between Monday evening and mid-day Tuesday.
Dikwa hosts one of the military’s large “super camps” as well as one of nine “humanitarian hubs” — where humanitarians live and work.
Both were attacked, multiple sources said, but the Nigerian army claimed it “repelled” the attackers.
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SOURCE: AFP, Louise Dewast