Five years of being in the den of abductors.
Around 27,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s nearly decade-long revolt
“We lost two soldiers to Boko Haram terrorists who attacked Alpha Company location…” a military officer in Banki said on condition of anonymity.
“Many vehicles managed to turn back, however two soldiers were killed and two other civilians. An unknown number of party supporters were kidnapped along with their vehicle.
“Boko Haram infiltrated our base in Ngwom yesterday (Friday) at around 6:50 pm (1750 GMT) in which we lost three soldiers,” a military officer in Maiduguri told AFP.
“The weapons are being smuggled from Libya to their factions in Nigeria and Mali,” the WSJ report quoted an arms smuggler in Niger named Yusuf as saying.
“They want their own country,” he added.
According to Isa Gusau, the Director of Press to Governor Shettima, these hunters and vigilante members are carefully nominated, approved by community leaders and sent for screening and training by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to ensure they have no links to the terrorist networks.
“The attack was successfully repelled and the terrorists were pushed back,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
There were no reports of casualties.
“Luckily the gunmen met stiff resistance from the soldiers,” said Karimbe from the town of Biu, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away.
The region became a hotbed of extremism after chaos engulfed Libya in 2011, followed by an Islamist insurgency in north Mali and the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“They entered Baga unchallenged. Boko Haram fighters had not been staying the night in Baga since they learnt soldiers were preparing to launch a massive attack.”