ISIS says it killed 30 Nigerian soldiers

Group claims responsibility through its news agency Amaq

FILE PHOTO: A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack by members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Nigeria September 11, 2018. Picture taken September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kolawole Adewale/File Photo
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ISIS said on Sunday it killed 30 Nigerian soldiers in an attack in the country's northeastern Borno state, a claim disputed by the Nigerian Army.

A Nigerian Army spokesman said an attack on troops by insurgents in the Borno village of Logomani was repelled on Saturday and eight soldiers were hurt, none with life-threatening injuries.

In a statement issued through its news agency Amaq, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it referred to as Lomani.

ISIS in West Africa (ISWA), which split from Islamist group Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a number of attacks in northeast Nigeria in the last few months.

Borno is the state worst hit by the insurgents whose attacks on Nigerian military bases in the last few months have made security a key campaign issue ahead of the country's presidential election on February 16.

"Only eight of our troops were wounded, out of which four have since been evacuated...while the other four are receiving treatment," said the army spokesman.