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Terrorist attack in Nigeria hits humanitarian organizations and UN

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Jihadists allegedly linked to the Islamic State on Saturday attacked the facilities of several humanitarian organizations and the United Nations in the Nigerian city of Damasak, and are still on site, say sources from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The attack, which was still ongoing this afternoon, is the second against one of the nine UN humanitarian bases in the country.

“Fighters from Iswap (Islamic State in West Africa) are still in Damasak, driving through the streets, firing shots and setting humanitarian facilities on fire,” said an official at a humanitarian organization on condition of anonymity, quoted by the French news agency. AFP.

The attack on an NGO building, which burned down, spread to the UN base, which was destroyed, said another official.

The facilities of three other NGOs were also destroyed, added the same source.

A military source confirmed the attack on Damasak, but said the jihadists had not taken over the city, because they had been pushed out of it.

Northeastern Nigeria has been deadly conflict since 2009 and attacks by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. In 2016, the group split up, with the historical faction on one side and Iswap, recognized by EI, on the other.

Three years ago, on March 1, 2018, Iswap fighters attacked a UN base in Rann, a city in northeastern Nigeria, killing three officials and abducting another.

On March 1 this year, Iswap jihadists attacked the city of Dikwa, killing six civilians and forcing aid workers to withdraw.

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