- Insurgents have reportedly overrun Nigerian Army base at Kareto village in Borno
- At least one commanding officer was reportedly killed while other soldiers fled
- The military continues to suffer losses despite sustained efforts to eradicate the militants
- Earlier, President Buhari said Nigeria was meeting security challenges with much greater support to the security forces
Report by Reuters indicates that insurgents overran a Nigerian Army base in the northeast, killing at least the commander.
Legit.ng gathered that security sources said that the militants on Wednesday, June 12, took a Nigerian Army base at the village of Kareto in northeastern Borno state, some 130 kilometres from state capital Maiduguri.
According to sources, no other details about possible further casualties were available.
The Nigerian military’s public statements on Monday, June 10, noted that their campaigns against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West African branch were making “major breakthroughs'', describing the insurgents as “remnants.”
It was not immediately clear whether the attackers were affiliated with Boko Haram or Islamic State.
The insurgents were said to have overrun troops from the Nigeria Army’s 158th Battalion stationed at Kareto, killing at least their commanding officer and causing the remaining soldiers to flee, one security source said.
After the assault, the militants left Kareto, but remained in the area, they said.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his second-term inaugural speech on Wednesday, June 12, said Nigeria was meeting security challenges “with much greater support to the security forces in terms of money, equipment and improved local intelligence.”
Nigeria’s government has said the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, were on their last legs.
But sustained efforts to eradicate the militants have failed and the military continues to suffer heavy losses.
It was gathered that the insurgency has killed over 30,000 people and displaced millions of civilians in affected areas.
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