Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have repelled an attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on a military base in Borno state.
According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the terrorists were said to have invaded Kunnari, a village near Buratai town, at about 3am on Monday.
The publication said the terrorists attempted to invade the military base but they were met with stiff resistance from the troops.
“The ISWAP fighters came in trucks and motorcycles, shooting sporadically but a swift response from the troops put them in disarray,” the publication quoted a military source as saying.
The source added that the troops eventually overpowered the ISWAP fighters.
Eight of the fighters were said to have been killed while others fled from the scene.
“The gallant troops chased the terrorists in their escape route and intercepted two other terrorists who were trying to fix their motorcycle after it broke down and gun them down,” the publication said.
However, a soldier was said to have been injured in the course of the operation.
TheCable had earlier reported how the troops of Operation Hadin Kai and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) killed 41 fighters — including Abu Zahra, a top commander — of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Dikwa LGA of Borno.
The operation led by Shaibu Waidi, the general officer commanding the 7 division, was in response to attacks by ISWAP on Mukdolo village.