Boko Haram terrorists has launched another deadly attack on a military base in Nigeria’s remote northeast region and killed one soldier, says Defence officials on Sunday.
According to Ibikunle Daramola, a Nigerian air force spokesman, said the attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning.
“From two different directions, Boko Haram jihadists in 13 gun trucks… Advanced towards the camp,” Daramola said in a statement.
The Nigerian soldiers were later supported by helicopters “forced the Boko Haram terrorists to retreat from the camp”, he added.
The Nigerian Army who confirmed the report on its official Twitter account, said “One soldier was killed in action while four others were wounded”.
Also, report had it that the army stopped an assault on Gashigar in September by jihadists in trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
Since July, there have been at least nine military base attacks, mostly in the northern part of Borno state, near the shores of Lake Chad.
The insurgents in recent months has intensified attacks on military bases in Borno and nearby Yobe state, undermining repeated claims by the military that they have the upper hand.
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Many soldiers have been killed, missing or injured in attacks but the military has repeatedly denied or played down losses to the terrorists.
More than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while nearly two million others remain homeless.