5 troopers had been killed after Boko Haram militants attacked a navy base in northeastern Nigeria, navy sources reported on Monday.
Members of the Islamic State Group within the West African Province (ISWAP), took the bottom of Mararrabar Kimba, in Borno State, 135 km from the regional capital, Maiduguri, on Friday. The insurgents seized the weapons earlier than withdrawing, an officer mentioned Saturday.
Three days later, a primary evaluation reveals that no less than 5 individuals have died and about 30 lacking.
“We discovered 5 our bodies of troopers who paid the final word value in preventing terrorists,” an officer instructed AFP. “Rescue groups are nonetheless on the lookout for about 30 different troopers who’ve gone lacking for the reason that assault,” he added.
A second officer, who confirmed the demise toll of 5, added that the military was nonetheless hoping that the troopers who had been at massive could be discovered.
“There are excessive hopes that the lacking troopers might be discovered – or that they may discover their means again,” he hoped: “We don’t consider the worst case situation.
The Nigerian military has not formally reported on the incident.
In response to info gathered from navy sources on Saturday, the attackers arrived in a dozen pick-ups geared up with heavy machine weapons. In addition they had three armoured personnel carriers stolen from the safety forces. They had been accompanied by a gaggle of motorbike fighters.
After an intense trade of fireplace, the troopers had been overwhelmed and plenty of them dispersed to flee the higher armed Islamists.
Greater than 27,000 individuals have died for the reason that starting of the Boko Haram rebellion in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, and 1.eight million others are nonetheless unable to return residence.
The group additionally operates within the different nations of the Lake Chad space (Chad, Cameroon, Niger), the place it carries out assaults in opposition to legislation enforcement businesses and abductions of civilians.
A coalition of Chadian, Nigerian and Cameroonian forces has been launching an offensive in opposition to jihadist concentrations within the area for a number of weeks.
Nigerian military chief Normal Tukur Buratai warned final week in opposition to regrouping the 2 factions in Boko Haram to create a jihadist enclave that may lengthen from northeastern Nigeria to the Lake Chad area.