TERRORISTS CAPTURE MILITARY BASE IN BORN, ARMY DENIES CLAIM

Written by on January 18, 2021

TERRORISTS ALIGNED WITH THE ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT GROUP HAVE CAPTURED A MILITARY BASE IN BORNO STATE AFTER OVERNIGHT CLASHES WITH TROOPS, SOURCES SAY.

MACHINE-GUN WIELDING FIGHTERS FROM ISLAMIC STATE WEST AFRICA PROVINCE (ISWAP) ATTACKED THE BASE IN THE TOWN OF MARTE IN THE LAKE CHAD AREA OVERNIGHT FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY, TWO SOURCES SAID.

THE SECOND SOURCE SAID THE ARMY “INCURRED LOSSES” BUT IT WAS NOT YET CLEAR HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD DIED OR THE LEVEL OF DESTRUCTION INFLICTED BY THE INSURGENTS.

ISWAP, WHICH SPLIT FROM BOKO HARAM IN 2016, MAINTAINS CAMPS ON ISLANDS IN LAKE CHAD — WHERE NIGERIA, NIGER, CAMEROON AND CHAD MEET — AND THE AREA IS KNOWN TO BE GROUP’S BASTION.

LAST WEEK, THE JIHADISTS ATTACKED THE MARTE BASE BUT WERE REPELLED, PROMPTING THEM TO MOBILISE MORE FIGHTERS FOR THE OVERNIGHT RAID, SAID THE SOURCES.

THE RAID WAS SEEN AS A “FIGHTBACK” AFTER RECENT LOSSES — TROOPS RECENTLY OVERRAN ISWAP’S SECOND LARGEST CAMP IN TALALA VILLAGE, SAID THE SOURCES.

BUT THE MILITARY DISPUTE THE STORY THAT THEIR MARTE BASE WAS OVERRUN BY THE TERRORISTS, BUT SAID IT KILLED SEVERAL TERRORISTS AND DESTROYED SEVEN GUN TRUCKS. IN A STATEMENT, THE ACTING DIRECTOR, DEFENCE MEDIA OPERATIONS, DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS,BRIGADIER GENERAL BERNARD ONYEUKO, CLAIMED TROOPS OF OPERATION TURA TAKAIBANGO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AIR TASK FORCE OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE HAVE EFFECTIVELY DESTROYED 7 BOKO HARAM/ISWAP TERRORISTS’ GUN TRUCKS AND DECIMATED SEVERAL UNCONFIRMED NUMBER OF THE TERRORISTS WHEN THEY ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK THEIR LOCATION AT THE OUTSKIRTS OF MARTE IN MARTE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BORNO STATE.


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