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IS backed Boko Haram faction claims military base attack

raid on their base in Kareto in Borno state, said the group, which monitors jihadist activity
ISWAP claimed in the communique that three soldiers were killed in the clashes and that they captured an “array of weapons and ammunitions as spoils”, according to the statement
The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday
“We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing,” a military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday
At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village
They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said
In mid-2016, ideological differences caused Boko Haram to split into two factions, one led by Abubakar Shekau, the other recognised by the IS group
Despite the Nigerian government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, it still carries our major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores
On November 9, Shekau claimed several attacks in northeast Nigeria in a video message obtained by AFP
More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the insurgency in the remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless

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