(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Islamic State-linked jihadists in Nigeria attacked humanitarian facilities in the restive northeastern town of Damasak, aid workers revealed on Saturday.
Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed Damasak, in Borno state, setting fire to facilities of international aid organisations.
The UN hub was gutted after fire set on the nearby office of an international charity spread to the UN facility, said an second aid worker. The offices of three other international NGOs were also burnt by the insurgents who took over the town, a second aid worker added.
Ongoing fire burning in the vicinity of an NGO warehouse has escalated into humanitarian hub facilities, read a UN memo seen by AFP.
A military source confirmed the Saturday attack on Damasak but said militants failed to overrun the town.
The attack is the second in two months affecting one of the United Nations nine hubs in the country.