The Islamic State West Africa Province has taken hundreds of hostages in Kukawa, Borno State, AFP reports.

According to sources, who spoke with the news agency, ISWAP, a breakaway group of Boko Haram, on Tuesday night launched an attack on Kukawa town after arriving in the area in about 22 trucks.

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Babakura Kolo, head of a local militia, who spoke with the news agency said, “The terrorists attacked the town in 22 trucks around 4:00pm and engaged soldiers guarding the town in a fierce battle.”

Residents of Kukawa on August 2 returned back to the town two years after they had been living in camps in Maiduguri following a bloody attack in November 2018.

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