15 Soldiers Murdered, 19 Wounded As Boko Haram Seizes Nigerian Military Base

15 Soldiers Murdered, 19 Wounded As Boko Haram Seizes Nigerian Military Base

Insurgents suspected to be Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in Borno State, security sources said Saturday. The terrorists were said to have rode into Magumeri Local Government Area and sacked a brigade there at about 6:00 p.m. on Friday. A captain, a lieutenant and 13

Insurgents suspected to be Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in Borno State, security sources said Saturday.

The terrorists were said to have rode into Magumeri Local Government Area and sacked a brigade there at about 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

A captain, a lieutenant and 13 soldiers lost their lives following intense firefight with the terrorists, sources said.

Nineteen soldiers were reportedly wounded in the attack and have been evacuated to the military hospital in Maiduguri for treatment.

About 24 soldiers who survived the attack, which was first reported by Agence France Presse on Friday, left the base to a safer military facility, sources said.

Heavy military equipment, including anti-aircraft machine guns and Toyota Hilux vehicles, were reportedly stolen by the insurgents during the attack.

It was not immediately clear the level of casualties against the terrorists. The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) had already claimed credits for the attack via its propaganda channels, reports show.

The army has not issued a statement about the attack. A spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comments on Friday night.

The attack came as the military was managing the aftermath of a similar overrun of a base in Borno on April 26. At least five soldiers were killed on that day while the dozens feared missing were yet to be found.

The attacks by the Book Haram have continued despite the efforts of Nigeria’s security agencies in partnership with those of neighbouring countries.

The Boko Haram, which demand an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria, has been largely restricted to the three North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. However, they still carry out attacks on soldiers and civilians in those states.

 

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