Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State militant group have captured a army base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state after in a single day clashes with troops, sources advised AFP on Saturday.
Machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the bottom within the city of Marte within the Lake Chad space in a single day Friday into Saturday, two sources mentioned.
“The precedence now’s to reclaim the bottom from the terrorists and an operation is underway,” one of many sources mentioned.
“We took a success from ISWAP terrorists. They raided the bottom in Marte after a fierce battle.”
The second supply mentioned the military “incurred losses” but it surely was not but clear how many individuals had died or the extent of destruction inflicted by the insurgents.
ISWAP, which break up from Boko Haram in 2016, maintains camps on islands in Lake Chad — the place Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad meet — and the realm is understood to be the group’s bastion.
Final week, the jihadists attacked the Marte base however had been repelled, prompting them to mobilize extra fighters for the in a single day raid, mentioned the sources.
The raid was seen as a “fightback” after current losses — troops not too long ago overran ISWAP’s second largest camp in Talala village, mentioned the sources.
In November final 12 months, officers started the phased return of residents to Marte six years after they had been pushed out by the jihadists.
The city, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri, was as soon as thought of the breadbasket of the Lake Chad area.
At the least 36,000 folks have been killed within the jihadist battle since 2009 and violence has unfold into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional army coalition.