Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
January 17, 2021
Nigerian army regained control over a military base in the northeast just a few hours after it was captured by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), sources revealed to AFP on Sunday.
Jihadists working together with the Islamic State terrorist group seized the base in Borno state on Saturday, after launching an attack earlier in the week.
Nigeria military officials blamed the raid on Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a group that separated from Boko Haram in 2016.
The troops have claimed some success recently, destroying at least one of the group’s camps located on islands in Lake Chad, on Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and the Chad Republic boundaries.
An army statement Saturday evening disclosed that its troops along with the air force had “effectively destroyed seven Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks” and killed several of the terrorists.
The statement added, “The troops are still engaged in the pursuit of the fleeing terrorists.”
According to AFP sources on Sunday, the army had recaptured their base and the jihadists had left Marte, the town where the base is situated.
However, the barracks were completely razed down and the terrorists carted away with military weapons and vehicles.
Sources said that seven soldiers were killed during the clash and eight others were seized.