Nigeria claims to have killed 70 Islamists in airstrikes

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Abuja. More than 70 rebels with suspected links to Islamic State (IS) have been killed in an air strike near the border with Niger in West Africa.

It informs the Nigerian Air Force on Saturday.

The attacks took place on April 14 and were aimed at a training camp that had been located the day before.

Both aircraft from Nigeria and Niger participated in the operation, says a spokesman from the air force.

Nigeria claims to have carried out the attacks in the area around Lake Chad, where the group Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) has been active since 2016.

Together with rival group Boko Haram, ISWAP has killed more than 40,000 people in the last ten years and driven two million to flee due to the ongoing violence.

In addition, the UN estimates that around 300,000 people have died as a result of the humanitarian crisis triggered by the fighting.

ISWAP is a breakaway of Boko Haram. The group emerged after Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekaus died in May last year. This led to clashes between the two militant factions.

The fighting has spread over the years to the other countries around Lake Chad, including Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

Nigeria has been fighting jihadist rebels for more than 12 years. The country often increases the intensity of attacks at this time of year before the rainy season starts.

The former British colony of Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and plays an important role in the political development of the entire continent.


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