A Nigerian military base has been destroyed by Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Adamawa. Soldiers escaped the base until reinforcement troops arrived to prevent the terrorists from retaking the town, residents reported on Monday, former council chairman James Ularamu told the Associated Press.
Sunday night’s attack came as a military intelligence officer confirmed 107 soldiers have been missing for almost two weeks after a Nov. 19 battle. However, the Nigerian military denied that the soldiers were missing.
The Boko Haram terrorists drove off with a T-72 tank and dozens of new camouflage uniforms, according to an anonymous military officer who was not authorised to speak to the press.
In recent weeks, the Nigerian Army has rescued more than 1,000 abducted victims and destroyed dozens of Boko Haram camps. However, Boko Haram has stepped up tactics such as suicide bombings in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
The setbacks come as Nigeria's government conceded it cannot tackle Boko Haram terrorism by December. Six years of fighting between the group and the Nigerian government has claimed the lives of some 20,000 people.