Nigerian Army Mute over Alleged ISWAP Attack on Military Base in Borno

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Nigerian Army Mute over Alleged ISWAP Attack on Military Base in Borno

The Nigerian Army are yet to confirm or deny reports by residents in Borno that insurgents alleged to be members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked a military base in Borno on Tuesday, killing three soldiers in the process.

Seven members of factional group were said to have been killed in the encounter which took place in Kwamdi village of Gumsuri ward, Damboa local government area of Borno State.

Reports said the soldiers were overwhelmed and abandoned the base, while the terrorists carted off weapons.

Residents reportedly fled the area as sound of gunshot rent the surroundings on Tuesday, but most of them returned on Wednesday when they realized that the insurgents did not attack civilians.

Nigerian Sketch was informed that military helicopters have hovering around the areas close to base where the attacks occurred.

Attacks on military bases have been less frequent of recent, especially with the internal fracas within the insurgents’ ranks. But, observers have expressed fears that the rumoured death of Abubakar Shekau may have consolidated authorities in the hands of ISWAP.

The Nigerian Army Have also failed to ascertain the death of Shekau close to a month after he was said to have died.

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