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Military Commander, 30 Soldiers Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Military Base In Borno

Valentine Chinyem

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Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād on Sunday attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers, military source said.

The source also added that the commander of the base, a lieutenant-colonel, was killed in the attack.

Mainok is the headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state.

According to sources, the troops were overpowered by the insurgents who came with “heavy weapons”.

“They had four MRAPs [armoured military vehicles], four gun trucks and other heavy machines,” one of the sources said.

“As I speak, the commanding officer has been hit, and some other soldiers.

“There was air support, but sadly, the air force missed its coordinates and couldn’t eliminate the insurgents.”

The insurgents, who were said to have stormed the base at about 2pm on Sunday, disguised in a military convoy and gained access into the premises before shooting sporadically and killing the soldiers.

The insurgents also razed down a police station and looted weapons at the military base.

A military source said the insurgents operated for about two hours before fleeing the scene of the attack.