Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād have again attacked a military base in Borno state, killing an army commanding officer.
The terrorists had on Sunday invaded Ajiri village in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state, attacking a military base and dislodging the troops.
Ajiri is a community in the Mara Local Government Area of Borno State, which is about 52km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
It was gathered that the troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the military base and forced the soldiers to withdraw.
The attack is coming few days after the insurgents attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers.
Mainok is the headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state.
SaharaReporters gathered that the terrorists who came in no fewer than 15 gun trucks also burnt down the military base.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.
The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.
In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who lay in wait for them.
Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.
At least 33 soldiers were recently killed when two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy in Wulgo.
The suicide bombers were identified as Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah. The group also claimed four military vehicles were destroyed.
In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents.
SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following a credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group.