Ghana

6 dead after jihadists attack town in northeast Nigeria

Louise Dewast

Abuja – Aid groups in Nigeria said Wednesday six civilians died in a suspected jihadist attack on a northeastern town that, according to the UN, “directly targeted” aid facilities.

A military source told AFP that fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from mainstream Boko Haram in 2016, were behind the assault on the town of Dikwa that began late on Monday.

“At least six civilians lost their lives in crossfire, several others were injured and are still missing,” the Nigeria INGO Forum, gathering 54 international charities, said in a statement.

According to the coalition of NGOs, there was a second attack on Tuesday.

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