Boko Haram Raids Nigerian NE, Kill Soldiers as Insurgency Heightens
Two military bases in Nigeria’s restive North-east faced attacks from the Boko Haram jihadists on Wednesday, with three casualties, in a week that saw intensified assaults on military troops.According to a Military officer, the titular Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram launched a raid late Tuesday on troops in the town of Gudumbali, riding in trucks built-in with anti-aircraft guns, creating a fierce firefight in which there were two injured and one death casualty.
Although he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, he described the attack on an ending note as “a tough battle,” According to Military sources; the group had on Monday, attacked another base in Malam Fatori, a town bordering Niger, but was repelled with air support, with one death casualty and several injured soldiers. A similar attack on soldiers in Buni Gari village in Yobe state left eight soldiers dead. However, sources claimed the militants were driven out by military reinforcements from a military base in the neighboring town of Buni Yadi.
Recent intensified attacks on military troops in Borno and Yobe states have subjected the military’s security grip to scrutiny. When the Malam Fatori army base was attacked, it was already sheltering a group of soldiers who had abandoned another. The soldiers had run out of ammunition during a fierce gun battle. According to two officers, they hadn’t received any ammunition, and thus had to abandon the base in the case of a “renewed attack” on them.