Boko Haram attacks Katarko, Baga

Boko Haram attacks two military bases in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks two military bases in northeast Nigeria

Nigerian Army Spokesman Sani Usman confirmed the attack, adding that one navy officer was killed.

Scores of them disappeared after learning that they would be deployed in active combat against Boko Haram in communities where the insurgents are still virulent, as against relatively peaceful settlements like Maiduguri metro area.

The military denied Baga had fallen, saying the attack had been repelled.

The military base was the local headquarters of the multinational task force, which includes troops from neighbouring states fighting the militants, the residents added.

At the launch of his re-election campaign on Friday in the southern city of Uyo, he said the militants had lost much territory since he took office.

According to the source, the fighters from Boko Haram, who have repeatedly struck military outposts in the region in recent months, stormed Baga in several vehicles.

The army said the police officers fled the training centre without permission, but added that many of them had been summarily caught and returned to the facility.

He said the exercise is expected to run concurrently in the six geopolitical zones of the country in the build-up to the 2019 elections, ensuring stability in troubled areas.

"They terrorised the town and attacked the Headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, " he said.

A top air force official, however, told Nigeria, a news agency close to military authorities, that the soldiers' withdrawal from Baga was tactical.

Troops from the two bases withdrew to another naval base at Fish Dam on the shores of Lake Chad, the military source said.

"The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists".

"The NAF also launched a coordinated missile raid on the routes as the terrorists fled towards Doro-Baga and other axes".

The military is yet to state any casualty figure from the battles apart from admiting the death of one Navy personnel.

Independent reports said the attack against the MNJTF base was carried out by the Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram.

Although the terrorists have been largely reduced to operating in three North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, their actions show a lot more needs to be done to defeat them.

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