An attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on a military Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria has been repelled, military authorities have said.
The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 26, when an armed gang suspected to be ISWAP members stormed the FOB at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State.
Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyerr, who heads the Directorate of Defence Information said the attack was effectively repelled by “troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with other security agencies.”
“The attackers came in large numbers using a telecom network provided from a neighbouring country, capitalised on the lean rear area protection force when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility,” he explained further.
He also said it was unfortunate that “there was some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter.”
“Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters. The general security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilised,” Sawyerr said.
ISWAP has in the past weeks sustained hostile campaigns on troops located around the shores of Lake Chad. Within the last seven days, the terror group had staged attacks on at least seven locations as well as ambushes on military convoys, in an attempt to stamp their feet as the main terror outfit controlling the region after the death of Abubakar Shekau, the vicious leader of a rival terror group, Boko Haram, who committed suicide in March 2021.
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