The troops of the Nigerian army have repelled another terrorist attack on a military base in Borno.
Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, reports that the attack — coordinated by one Abou Mubammed, an ISWAP commander — was targeted at the military asset in Ajiri, Mafa LGA of Borno on Wednesday.
The publication said the “failed attack” was in retaliation to the killing of 41 fighters – including a commander – of ISWAP in Mukdolo on Sunday by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
Prior to the attack, Zagazola Makama said ISWAP fighters had vowed in a meeting to avenge the mass killings of their members by the troops.
“The terrorists were said to have stormed the town on Wednesday night, March 29, 2023, and attempted an attack on the military base which resulted in a heavy gun battle with the troops,” the publication said.
“The troops later overwhelmed the terrorists in a gun battle and successfully repelled the attack while inflicting serious fatalities on the overpowered fighters.”
The publication said the troops also repelled an ambush set for the soldiers after the failed attack.
“The failed ambush broke the last straw on the back of the ISWAP fighters, which made them flee,” Zagazola said.
A member of CJTF was injured during the gun duel.
The terrorist attack on Wednesday was the second this week.
On Monday, troops of Operation Hadin Kai repelled an attack on Kunnari, a village in Buratai town, housing a military base.