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Boko Haram kills three troops in Nigeria base attack

  • 9 Feb 2019

Military sources said the attack targeted the Forward Operation Base in Ngwom village, some 14 km north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

A damaged military vehicle is pictured in the northeast town of Gudumbali, after an attack in Nigeria September 11, 2018. ( Reuters Archive )

Three soldiers were killed when Boko Haram militants raided a military base in northeast Nigeria, security sources said on Saturday.

The attack happened at the Forward Operation Base in Ngwom village, some 14 km north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

"Boko Haram infiltrated our base in Ngwom yesterday (Friday) at around 6:50 pm in which we lost three soldiers," said a military officer in Maiduguri.

A second military source said the militants left with two army vehicles and "demobilised" a mine-resistant armored vehicle.

"The terrorists also burnt two houses and a car belonging to our members in the village," added a civilian militia leader in Maiduguri.

It was not immediately clear which of the two Boko Haram factions was behind the attack.

Most of the attacks on troops in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state since mid-2018 have been claimed by, or blamed on, the self-styled Daesh West Africa Province.

Others, though, have been carried out by fighters loyal to long-time factional leader Abubakar Shekau.

Nigeria's military has strongly denied claims the assaults on soldiers are an indication the group is resurgent, after repeated claims they were "technically defeated".

The attacks underline the persistent threat from the group, including to civilians, nearly 10 years after the start of the insurgency.

More than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria and some 1.8 million others remain homeless.

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