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Days before Buratai briefed President on gains of Northeast relocation, Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists sack Army base, kills six soldiers, 45 missing

Terrorists have killed six Nigerian troops in an attack on a military base in Northeast Nigeria.

Military sources said that terrorists from the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group attacked an Army base in Auno, a village that is 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in trucks fitted with machine guns.

According to the source, “we lost six soldiers in the attacks which the terrorists launched around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT), on Saturday.”

As the Army declined to comment on the incident, the source noted that the terrorists overwhelmed the troops during the two-hour battle, “forcing them to withdraw in disarray.”

The Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, the source told AFP, then looted weapons and burnt buildings before they were pushed out with aerial support.

“A search is ongoing for 45 soldiers who are still unaccounted for but we assume they escaped during the attack and are yet to return,” the second source said.

Auno, which lies on a 120-kilometre highway linking Maiduguri and Damaturu in neighbouring Yobe State, has witnessed major terrorists’ attacks as it has been repeatedly targeted by the insurgents who attack troops and abduct motorists at bogus checkpoints.

ISWAP, a splinter group from Boko Haram in 2016, focuses on attacking the military but it has also been accused of increasingly targeting civilians.

In February, the the group killed at least 30 travellers who had stopped for the night in Auno during a night time curfew.

The decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced 1.8 million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

The violence has also spread to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the creation of a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said tremendous achievement has been recorded in the fight against terrorists in the Northeast with the neutralisation of 1, 429 Boko Haram insurgents and the arrest of 116 of their associates.

Buratai said this on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while speaking with journalists on his two months’ sojourn in the theatre of war after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Army chief, who returned to the headquarters in Abuja on Sunday, said President Buhari was happy with the performance of the military when he briefed him on the operations in the North-East for the past two months. (AFP)

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