Nigerian troops fighting on the frontline of the Boko Haram conflict have released a video claiming dozens had died in a recent attack and deploring the poor state of their equipment.
In the five-minute video seen by AFP on Saturday, a soldier narrating in the background shows the burnt shells of several tanks and vehicles in the Metele base, which was attacked by the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province on November 18.
At least 43 soldiers were killed in the attack according to military and civilian sources, though the army disputes the death toll.
The release of the video underscores growing desperation among troops, who in June protested being redeployed to a battlefront in the remote Lake Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without relief.
“No less than 100 plus soldiers died here. Many are missing in action, they are nowhere to be found,” said the soldier in the video, which was obtained by AFP from a military source who confirmed its authenticity.
“See the weapons they bring here. These are not working,” he said as the footage revealed the charred remains of tanks and other military equipment.
“These are outdated vehicles, they are not working. They just keep them here for formality,” said the soldier.
“Imagine, they are killing us every day,” he said. “The situation is getting worse.”
The video shows the sprawling camp in the middle of the desert, 260 kilometres (161 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.
There was no immediate response from the army on the release of the video.