At the very least 17 Nigerian troopers had been killed in a contemporary Boko Haram assault on a army base within the nation’s northeast, army sources mentioned Thursday, the third assault on three completely different bases in lower than a month.
On Wednesday night, closely armed jihadists using in vehicles stormed and looted weapons and autos from a army base in Garunda village in Borno State, the epicentre of the Islamist insurgency that has been raging for 9 years.
The assault is the most recent of a collection of bloody Boko Haram assaults on army bases in Nigeria, underscoring the continued risk the Islamists pose to the area and placing the highlight on the Nigerian authorities’s declare that Boko Haram is “decimated”.
“Our troops got here beneath assault from Boko Haram terrorists in Garunda final evening,” a army officer mentioned.
“Sadly we misplaced 17 troops, 14 others had been injured whereas an unspecified quantity remains to be unaccounted for,” mentioned the army supply, who requested to not be recognized as a result of he was not authorised to talk on the incident.
The supply added that the militants looted weapons and autos earlier than fleeing.
Prior to now month, Boko Haram jihadists have launched two different main assaults on army bases within the distant northeast area.
On July 14, jihadists suspected to be loyal to Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, who’s affiliated with the Islamic State group, attacked a base in Jilli village, in neighbouring Yobe state.
Dozens of troops had been killed, wounded or lacking, based on a number of safety sources.
The military conceded the bottom was attacked however didn’t give a dying toll, saying that the “troops reorganised and efficiently repelled the assault and normalcy has since returned to the realm”.
On July 26, the Islamists stormed a base on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.
The bottom attacked yesterday in Garunda village of Borno state had simply been arrange for troops from the 81 brigade who had been stationed in Jilli village and compelled to maneuver after the July 14 assault.
“The reality of the matter is that the troops in Jilli had been relocated to Garunda the place a brand new base was established,” mentioned the second army supply, who gave the same dying toll.
“Troops had been simply establishing and the excavator operator was working to fortify the bottom with trenches towards assault from the terrorists when the assault occurred,” mentioned the officer.
The Nigerian military didn’t reply to to requests for remark.
Nigeria’s Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA) on Thursday confirmed in a press release employees member, an excavator operator connected to the army, “was killed by Boko Haram yesterday in Damasak, Borno state”.
Boko Haram not controls swathes of territory in northeast Nigeria because it did on the top of its insurgency in 2014, but the Islamist militants nonetheless pose a risk to the impoverished area.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that the Islamists are a spent drive as he gears up for elections subsequent yr.
In an interview with Nigerian press revealed on Thursday, Buhari’s data minister Lai Mohammed mentioned “we promised to combat insecurity…regardless of what anyone says, we’ve decimated Boko Haram”.
Six months away from presidential polls, Buhari is beneath strain to defend his observe document as he battles insecurity throughout Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.
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