A military base in Borno was struck by Boko Haram jihadists, who left a soldier dead in the attack as confirmed by defence officials.
Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola who spoke to newsmen, disclosed that the attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning.
“BHTs (Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 gun trucks…advanced towards the camp from two different directions,” Daramola said in a statement.
Nigerian troops supported by helicopters “forced the Boko Haram terrorists to retreat from the camp,” Daramola said.
“One soldier was killed in action while four others were wounded,” said the Nigerian army in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.
This is coming after the Nigerian army repelled an assault on Gashigar in September, by jihadists in trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns. While there have been at least nine military base attacks since July, mostly in the northern part of Borno state, near the shores of Lake Chad, the Nigerian military has repeatedly denied or played down losses to the jihadists even though many soldiers have been killed, injured or missing in attacks.
AFP reported that more than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while nearly two million others remain homeless.