Boko Haram contested but lost Baga town - Nigeria Army

Boko Haram attacks two military bases in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram had in 2015 attacked and overrun a military base that was the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force comprising troops from Chad, Niger and Nigeria, killing scores of soldiers and civilians.

When DAILY POST sent a text massage on the situation in Goniri town following the attack to the spokesperson of 27 Taskforce Brigade Buni Yadi, Major Alimi, he replied saying "The situation is cool and calm, Goniri is peaceful for now".

Troops from the two bases withdrew to another naval base at Fish Dam on the shores of Lake Chad, the military source said, adding that they decided not to pursue them to avoid running into an ambush, a strategy Boko Haram often employs against the military. This is why they target military bases to get more weapons.

"While it is safe to say that there may have been a fierce battle between the military and the Boko Haram terrorists but to say that Boko Haram terrorists succeeded in dislodging the military base in Baga is not a true representation of the state of things in Baga".

Baga was worse-hit in a major attack between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram in 2013 where hundreds of Nigerian citizens were killed.

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The plot to attack Baga was particularly reported in the news days before the insurgents struck. Upon receipt of the information of the attack, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE immediately dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform along with 2 Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships to provide support for the troops to repel the attack.

"The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists". The ATF deployed 2 ISR platforms, 2 Helicopter Gunships and 2 Alpha Jet aircraft to provide ISR and close air support to the troops. "Therefore, no one could give accurate details of the encounter yet, as the troops have been reinforced and are busy with the pursuit and mopping up operations against the terrorists", the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman has stated.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on Saturday, arrived in Maiduguri with two other security chiefs, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Army), and Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique (Air Force) to assess the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the North-East.

THE Boko Haram insurgency group is launching a major offensive on major towns in Borno State in an attempt to once again take over territories in the northeast of Nigeria, The ICIR has authoritatively learnt. In particular, they highlighted the attack on an army base in Metele, Borno state in which about 100 soldiers were killed.

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