Officials in Nigeria have warned that IS-linked terrorists are training a group of kidnappers in the north-western part of the country, a sign of deep cooperation between the two sides. armed with deadly weapons.

Observers have expressed concern that the terrorist attack could further destabilize the security forces that have been fighting for years in parts of the north-east and north-west of the country.

In a letter sent to his staff by the chairman of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, on July 23, obtained by the AFP news agency, Babandede warned that a large number of terrorists from Zamfara were pouring into Borno State to receive training from Boko Haram fighters, so they have to monitor and take measures to counter the threat.

Militants plague northwestern Nigeria

Northwestern Nigeria has long been plagued by criminal gangs that have been raiding villages, kidnapping people, killing people and burning homes after looting property.

The deployment of troops and the signing of a peace agreement have failed to stop attacks by camp robbers in the forests that cover Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states.

In recent months, gunmen have also been kidnapping schoolchildren in exchange for ransom.