A commander of the Nigerian army’s battalion fighting against terrorism in the North-east and 13 soldiers have reportedly been killed by Boko Haram fighters.
TheCable quotes military sources as saying that the commander, a lieutenant-colonel, was feared killed by the terrorists who attacked a military base in Mainok, Borno State, on Sunday.
According to the publication, military sources disclosed that the terrorists who came with “heavy weapons” overpowered the troops.
“They had four MRAPs [armoured military vehicles], four gun trucks and other heavy machines,” one of the sources was quoted as saying.
“As I speak, the commanding officer has been hit, and some other soldiers.
“There was air support, but sadly, the air force missed its coordinates and couldn’t eliminate the insurgents.”
Another source said: “The troops have been dislodged from the camp as the insurgents are taking over.”
The insurgents, who were said to have stormed the base at about 2:00pm on Sunday, disguised in a military convoy and gained access into the premises before shooting sporadically and killing the soldiers.
The terrorists also burnt down a police station and looted weapons at the military base.
The report said the insurgents operated for about two hours before fleeing the scene of the attack.
Mohammed Yerima, army spokesperson, said he will provide an update on the attack later.