By G9ija

Jihadist group, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack targeting a Nigerian army patrol in the town of Mallam Fatori in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State (near the borders with neighboring Chad and Niger), allegedly killing three and wounding five others.

ISIS central gave its formal backing to the Barnawi faction, which is known as Islamic State West Africa Province. It has lately intensified its armed campaign, launching a number of major assaults on military targets in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state amid signs of a takeover by more hardline leaders.

Borno and Yobe states, along with nearby Adamawa state, have borne the brunt of nine years of jihadist violence that has claimed over 27,000 lives and forced more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes.