Lai Mohammed Keeps Shut, As Boko Haram Sacks Two Military Bases In Northern Nigeria, Wreaks Bloody Havoc

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Boko haram sacked two Military bases in North-East Nigeria, overnight, as the Jihadist fighters battle for control of a strategic town in Lake Chad, Military sources said on Thursday.

Jihadists from the IS-supported Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, overran a Naval base and a Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, post, in the fishing town of Baga, Borno State, after a fierce battle, the sources revealed.

Fighters in several vehicles stormed Baga, Borno State, and engaged troops in intense fighting at the MNJTF base, which hosts units from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

The insurgents also sacked a Naval base in Mile 3, which lies five kilometres from Baga, a Military source also revealed.

“The troops were overpowered and forced to withdraw”, the source said, adding that, “the terrorists carted away gun trucks, ammunition, and multiple rocket launchers from the base.”

Troops from the two bases, withdrew to another Naval base, at Fish Dam, on the shores of Lake Chad, the Military source said.

That base was well secured, and resisted several attempts by the boko haram fighters to overrun it, the source added.

The Jihadists then retreated, and the troops decided not to pursue them, to avoid running into an ambush, a strategy boko haram often employs against the Military, the Officer said.

The Nigerian Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, confirmed the attack in a statement, which said that the assault began at about 7:00pm local time (18:00 GMT).

“The troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts, put up a very determined fight”, all night, he said, adding that, one navy personnel was killed.

Troop reinforcements were in pursuit of the boko haram fighters, he said.

Residents of the regional capital, Maiduguri, reported seeing six fighter jets flying towards Baga, on Thursday.

In January 2015, boko haram overran the MNJTF base, and took control of Baga, after killing hundreds of residents and forcing thousands to flee to Maiduguri.

The town was later retaken, but Jihadists continue to attack the Military and civilians in the area, which is an ISWAP stronghold.

Its fighters occupy camps on many islands in Lake Chad.

Boko haram’s nine-year insurgency has killed 27,000 people, and displaced two million others, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region, despite the claim by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who has remained silent in recent times, that they have been technically defeated.

The fighting has also spilled into Nigeria’s Northern neighbours Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.


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