Nigerian troops repel jihadist attack on military base: army
ATTENTION - ADDS airstrikes on ISWAP in Borno state ///
Lagos, June 27, 2019 (AFP) - Nigerian troops have thwarted a Boko Haram
attack on a military formation in the volatile northeast, killing dozens of
jihadists, the army said Thursday.
Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in seven gun
trucks and motorcycles stormed the base at Goniri, Yobe state on Wednesday
evening, army spokesman Sagir Musa said in a statement.
The ambush "resulted in the annihilation of dozens of terrorists", while
many fled with injuries, he said.
Five gun trucks, weapons and rounds of amunition were recovered from the
jihadists, while their motorcycles were destroyed.
Musa did not say if the military lost soldiers in the encounter.
IS-affliated Boko Haram has launched series of attacks on military bases
and government targets in the northeast, leaving scores of troops dead.
In a related development, the Nigerian airforce said on Thursday it had
destroyed ISWAP formations at Kollaram, in nearby Borno state.
Wednesday's attack "was executed following series of Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, that showed the presence of a
significant number of ISWAP fighters in buildings under trees spread across
the settlement," it added.
Boko Haram's decade-long insurgency has killed 27,000 people and displaced
about two million in Nigeria.
The rebellion has continued despite repeated government claims of progress.
The violence has also spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and
Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to defeat the hardline