Boko Haram Raids Military Base In Yobe, Kills Six Soldiers
An heavy fighting which broke out between troops of the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram members at a military base in Sasawa village, some 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the Yobe state capital, Damaturu, has left six soldiers dead along with several Boko Haram fighters.
Confirming the incident which happened on Tuesday, Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya told AFP from Damaturu: “There was an attack by Boko Haram terrorists on a military location in Sasawa village which led to casualties on both sides.”
However, a local chief in the area said: “Six soldiers died in the attack along with several Boko Haram fighters.
“Heavy fighting broke out and continued till midnight,” he said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
“When the gunmen realised they would be subdued, they sent for reinforcements and more fighters arrived in three trucks.”
They overran the base, forcing the soldiers to withdraw.
Rebel fighters then moved into the village, which had been deserted by residents to escape the fighting.
Another local resident, Aisami Gremah, supported the chief’s account.
He added: “They (Boko Haram) loaded grains from the recent harvest into the pick-up trucks and moved towards Kareto and Magumeri in neighbouring Borno state.”