Nigerian authorities reported on Thursday that the fighters overran the multinational joint job drive publish (MNJTF) which lies within the fishing city of Baga, lower than 10km from the Nigerian-Chad border, and sacked a naval base in Mile 3, some 5km from Baga.
A army supply who requested to not be recognized instructed the AFP information company that Nigerian troops had been “overpowered and compelled to withdraw,” including that “the terrorists carted away gun vans, ammunition and a number of rocket launchers from the bottom.”
Based on the supply, the fighters from Boko Haram, who’ve repeatedly struck army outposts within the area in latest months, stormed Baga in a number of automobiles.
Troops from the 2 bases withdrew to a different naval base at Fish Dam on the shores of Lake Chad, the army supply mentioned, including that they determined to not pursue them to keep away from operating into an ambush, a method Boko Haram usually employs in opposition to the army.
Nigerian Military Spokesman Sani Usman confirmed the assault, including that one navy officer was killed.
“The troops together with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a really decided struggle” all evening, he mentioned, including that “the Nigerian Air Pressure part has additionally been mobilised and are participating the fleeing terrorists.”
Residents of the regional capital Maiduguri reported seeing six fighter jets flying in direction of Baga on Thursday.
Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from Calabar, Nigeria, mentioned that the preventing round Baga continued on Friday morning.
“The fighters have surrounded Baga city for a variety of hours, some are speaking about 24 hours, and the battle is ongoing in that space. The military can solely verify that ‘sure, there’s been some preventing, however it has not misplaced management of this city of Baga’, which is a fishing neighborhood.
“Some residents who’ve fled the city are saying that Boko Haram fighters had been deep contained in the city. One explicit resident was saying that they even led morning prayers this morning in Baga city.
“However the army will not be giving many particulars, solely confirming that one personnel was killed, and that they’re on a search and rescue in sure areas, a sign that most likely a few of their troopers have been dispersed by Boko Haram.
“We had been instructed by a army supply that operations in that space are ongoing.”
Hundreds of thousands pressured to flee
In January 2015, Boko Haram overran the identical MNJTF base and took management of Baga city.
Idris described these occasions as “one of many worst Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria.”
“Boko Haram fighters overran that very same army base, the multinational joint job drive,” he mentioned.”They took over arms and ammunition from that space and massacred greater than 1,000 civilians.”
Since Boko Haram launched its marketing campaign in northeast Nigeria in 2009, the armed group has killed no less than 27,000 folks and compelled greater than two million to flee their properties.
Nigeria’s army has been preventing the group since then and regardless of the federal government’s insistence that it’s close to defeat, northern Nigeria continues to be beleaguered by heavy preventing.
Through the years, Boko Haram, which needs to type a breakaway state, has kidnapped hundreds of adults and youngsters.
Boko Haram assaults are a serious concern for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks a second time period within the upcoming election in February.
After a latest sequence of lethal assaults on Nigeria’s army, Buhari and different officers have warned that the group has begun utilizing drones as a part of a resurgence.
Al Jazeera and information companies