Over 30 Nigerian soldiers are reported dead in combat with Boko Haram terrorists who overran a military base in Zari near the border with Niger. This incident were reported by 2 military personnel.
Scores of the terrorists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in northern Borno State late on Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle, they said.
“They came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour,” a military officer told AFP.
“We lost at least 30 men,” the officer said, adding that the attack took place at around 4pm.
“They overwhelmed the troops who were forced to temporarily withdraw before reinforcements arrived,” said the officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak.
The terrorists stole weapons and military equipment before they were pushed out of the base by troops with aerial support, said a second military source who gave a similar death toll.
The militants were pursued and bombarded by a fighter jet, said the military sources.
“The terrorists also suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment”, one of the military officers said.
The Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, could not be reached for comment on Saturday as he did not respond to phone calls.