The Nigerian Army, has on Monday, disclosed that it has eliminated scores of terrorists that attacked the Sokoto Military Base,
Major-General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyer, the Director, Defence Information, in a statement, said that the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, in conjunction with other Security Agencies, successfully repelled an attack by suspected Islamic State West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists and bandits on the Forward Operation Base, FOB, at Burkusuma, in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
According to him, the failed attack, which took place at about 5:30am, on Sunday, in the remote border settlement with Niger Republic, was swiftly repelled by the troops.
He added that the aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North-West region, has been a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP and Fulani bandits.
He said that the attackers came in large numbers, using 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.
Speaking further, he disclosed that the swift reinforcement by the troops helped to counter the attack, as many of the ISWAP fighters were eliminated, while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries, resulting in their pursuit to Bassira, in Niger Republic.
The statement further added that there was some level of casualty recorded on the part of the troops during the encounter.
Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien Forces, in a collaborative operation, are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP terrorists.
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