Borno state, Nigeria
Borno state, Nigeria

CAIRO - Jihadist group Islamic State said Thursday that it had killed 13 Nigerian soldiers and five troops from a west African anti-militant force in attacks over recent days.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last few months. 

In its newspaper Al-Nabaa, IS said its fighters killed the Nigerians in attacks on a military barracks on Friday, a military post on Sunday, and a town on Monday, all in northeastern Borno state. 

Fighters also detonated explosives on Wednesday on a vehicle 
in the Lake Chad region, killing five more soldiers, IS said, without specifying the country. 

The militants said the vehicle was carrying members of a multinational task force — made up of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon — set up to fight them. 

A Nigerian military spokesman declined to comment, and a spokesman for the task force could not immediately be reached.

Boko Haram has waged a decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has killed around 30,000 people and forced about 2 million to leave their homes.