A minimum of 30 soldiers have been killed, following an assault by Boko Haram insurgents on their military base. The insurgents, in accordance with AFP, have been stated to have invaded the military base, situated within the North-East, close to the border Nigeria shares with Niger.
In accordance with sources who spoke to AFP, the soldiers attacked the military institution at Zari village, close to the northern axis of Borno State, late on Thursday. The troops needed to quickly
withdraw their assaults, following the heavy preventing that occurred.
One other military supply, who most well-liked to not be named, was quoted as saying: “they got here in massive numbers in vans, carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour. We misplaced at the very least 30 males. They overwhelmed the troops, who have been compelled to quickly withdraw earlier than reinforcements arrived.”
Reinforcement, nevertheless, later arrived earlier than some sense of normalcy was restored. Whereas the battle lasted, the terrorists raided the military base, carting away weapons and different military tools, earlier than they have been repelled by a fighter jet.
A military officer, talking on the incident, stated: “The terrorists additionally suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment.” In accordance with one of many sources, the terrorists might have attacked from close by Garunda village, the place 17 soldiers have been killed and 14 left injured in an analogous assault, however on one other military base, in August.
In the meantime, a press release credited to the Nigerian Military on the incident, learn: “Troops…have efficiently routed Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter that ensued yesterday night at Zari village.” There was no point out of soldiers being killed, however the military famous that “a number of Boko Haram fighters and weapons” have been destroyed within the incident.