Commanding Officer, 7 others killed as Boko Haram hits two Army bases in Borno




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A commanding officer and 7 were killed when Haram insurgents attacked 2 Army bases in .

The terrorists have intensified attacks on army camps in recent weeks as part of a more than decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 36,000 people.

AFP that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) arm of the dreaded Haram group on Sunday morning attacked a base in Ajiri, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from , the capital.

A similar attack had been carried out earlier on Saturday night when the insurgents hit a base in Rann in the same state, the military sources said.

In Ajiri, troops fought a two-hour gun battle the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the base and forced troops to withdraw.

“The commanding officer of the base… paid the supreme price while six civilians who were caught up in the fight were also killed,” one of the military sources said.

Another source confirmed the toll and said militants escaped weapons from the base.

Late on Saturday, fighters attacked a base in Rann, 172 km from but were beaten back by troops using artillery.

“They came in six gun trucks and met a stiff resistance from troops at the base. Two of the gun trucks were hit by troops artillery fire. The other four fled,” a military source said.

One civilian who was wounded later died in .

Muhammadu earlier this year replaced his four top military commanders in a bid to better combat the insurgency that has also displaced more than two million people from their homes since 2009.

ISWAP split from mainstream Haram in 2016 and became a dominant group, launching attacks on military bases and ambushing troops while abducting travellers at checkpoints.

Since 2019, the army has mostly withdrawn from villages and smaller bases into so-called “super camps”, fortified garrisons meant to give better protection against attacks.

But critics the strategy has left jihadists more freedom to roam untouched in rural areas and made highways vulnerable to kidnappings and assaults. (Daily Trust)