The splinter group of Boko Haram, Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), is going after top government officials. 

Their strong hold is Borno State and they have claimed responsibility for an attack on the convoy of the state's governor, Kashim Shettima.

Governor Shettima was on his way to a political campaign ground when he was attacked by insurgents. 

On Wednesday, ISWAP claimed some persons were killed in the attack. 

In a statement sent to Amaq news agency, the terrorist group said at least 42 people were killed in Tuesday’s attack on Governor Shettima's convoy.

Earlier report by security forces had said that gunmen opened fire at the motorcade transporting Borno’s state governor on his way from state capital Maiduguri to the market town of Gamboru for a rally.

Two security sources said three people died, but a government and another separate security source said not less than 10 persons died gruesomely in that attack.

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The splinter group of Boko Haram has an affiliation with ISIS and they have increased attacks on communities in the northeast sending over 60,000 persons packing between November of 2018 and now.

They are pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.  

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