ISIS-backed Boko Haram terrorists raid army base in north-eastern Nigeria
Islamist militants raided a military base in northeast Nigeria, killing a policeman and a local resident, witnesses said Thursday.
Fighters in 13 vehicles late Wednesday attacked the base outside Miringa village, 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the home of army chief Yusuf Tukur Buratai.
The jihadists, believed to be from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), burnt the base along with an armoured vehicle and a primary school.
“They came around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) in 13 vehicles and attacked the military location just outside the village,” Miringa resident Umar Sanda told AFP.
“The two sides fought for more than one hour while all the people in the village fled into the bush.”
Fleeing residents later returned to their homes and “found the base, the lodging, an armoured personnel carrier and a section of a primary school burnt,” said another resident, Abba Usman.
Usman said the bodies of a policeman and a resident who lived near the base were recovered.
“The soldiers were able to fight off the attack and prevented the insurgents from entering the village,” said civilian militia leader Mustapha Karimbe, from the nearby town of Biu.
The area around Miringa has been repeatedly targeted by insurgents since Buratai became Nigeria’s chief of army staff in 2015.
In January this year, six soldiers were killed and 14 were injured when ISWAP sacked a base in nearby Kamuya village, stealing weapons and burning military vehicles.