Nigerian Army Retakes Military Base From Terrorists

Sources told AFP on Sunday, Nigerian troops regained control of a military base in the northeast hours after it was captured by jihadists.

On Saturday, after conducting raids earlier in the week, Jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State militant group seized the base in Borno state.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a party that split from Boko Haram in 2016, was blamed by officials for the attack.

Recently, the army reported some success, destroying at least one of the group’s camps located on the Lake Chad islands, on the borders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

An army statement on Saturday night said its troops had “effectively destroyed seven Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist gun trucks” along with the air force and killed some of the fighters.

“The troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists,” the statement added.

On Sunday, sources told AFP that the army had regained control of the base and that the jihadists had left Marte, the town where the base is located.

The barracks, however, were completely burned and the jihadists made off with weapons and cars.

During the battle, seven soldiers were killed and eight others were captured, sources said.

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