Militants suspected to belong to the terrorist Boko Haram sect, reportedly sacked a military base in Borno, killed the commanding officer and sent soldiers fleeing.
Suspected Boko Haram militants overran a Nigerian army base in the village of Kareto in northeastern Borno state, killing at least a Commander, according to a report from Reuters.
The attack reportedly occurred as Nigeria commemorated Democracy Day on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
However, information is always slow to emerge from the northeast owing in large part to destroyed telecommunication facilities in the region.
AFPBoko Haram has leveled whole communities since it commenced its campaign against the Nigerian state in 2009 (AFP)
According to Reuters, the insurgents overran troops from the Nigeria Army’s 158th Battalion stationed at Kareto, killing at least their commanding officer and causing the remaining soldiers to flee.
A security source volunteered information of the attack, Reuters states.
It was also not immediately clear whether the attackers were affiliated with terrorist sects Boko Haram or the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
After the assault, the militants left Kareto, but remained in the area, hiding in plain sight in surrounding bushes and lonely roads.
No other details about possible further casualties were available in the report from Reuters.
Boko Haram has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions more since it commenced its insurgency against the Nigerian state in 2009.
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, Boko Haram terrorists overran the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, carting away large cache of arms and military equipment after leaving the base strewn with the corpses of dozens of soldiers.
The latest attack of a military base is at odds with the Nigerian military’s public statements detailing how the sects have been decimated.