At least 17 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a new Boko Haram attack on a military base in the north-east of the country, the third in a month, military sources told AFP on Thursday .
Heavily armed fighters arrived tonight in trucks in the village of Garunda, Borno State, where they looted the military base.
"Our troops were attacked by Boko Haram terrorists in Garunda last night," a Nigerian officer said on condition of anonymity. "Unfortunately, we lost 17 soldiers, 14 others were injured and an unspecified number is still missing," he added. According to the same source, the jihadists took away weapons and vehicles before fleeing.
Boko Haram led two other major attacks against military bases in less than a month, a sign that the jihadist group still poses a continuing threat in the region, despite repeated government claims that it is on the way to be eliminated. On July 14, dozens of soldiers were killed and wounded in the village of Jilli, neighboring Yobe, in an attack attributed to the faction of Abu Musab Al-Barnaoui, affiliated with the Islamic State group.
On 26 July, insurgents invaded a military base near the village of Jakana, about 30 km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, which they had taken control for several hours before being repulsed by the government. arrival of military reinforcements. The attacked base Wednesday had been installed for the soldiers of the Jilli base who had fled the assault given in mid-July by soldiers loyal to Barnaoui.
"Jilli's troops were relocated to Garunda where a new base was established," said a second military source, who confirmed the officer's assessment. "The soldiers were just setting up and the bulldozer operator was working to protect the base of the terrorists (digging) trenches when the attack occurred," the source added.