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Troops regain seized military base from ISWAP, Boko Haram amidst denials


Nigerian troops have regained a military base from the combined forces of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram after a fierce battle at the weekend despite denials from authorities of the Nigeria Army.

It could be recalled that Army authorities issued statements debunked the news that terrorists seized Marte, a town in Borno State along with the military base there.

News had filtered out that the terrorists’ wielding machine-guns mounted on trucks, seized Marte on Friday night.

A statement by the military said the troops “tactically withdrew” to defend against the attack from outside Marte.

The Defence Headquarters said it eliminated scores of terrorists and destroyed their gun trucks in a statement issued by the coordinator of Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche.

Major General Enenche said the Armed Forces would “not relent until normalcy is restored not only in the Northeast but also in every other troubled part of our beloved country”.

He added: “After successfully repelling a Boko Haram/ Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ attack on Marte, with the destruction of seven gun trucks by the combined ground and air operations, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has obliterated additional six gun trucks and eliminated scores of terrorists who were attempting to reinforce their colleagues in the attack.

“This occurred on the night of 15 January through to the early hours of 16 January 2021 as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter gunships engaged the convoy of ISWAP gun trucks as they approached Marte axis for reinforcement.

“The helicopters delivered accurate hits in their multiple waves of attack, obliterating no fewer than six additional gun trucks, which were seen engulfed in flames across the battlespace.

“Several other terrorists were mopped-up in follow-on attacks as the helicopter gunships continued to strafe the fleeing ISWAP elements.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria, operating in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders, will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our great nation.”

Credible sources, however, revealed that ISWAP and Boko Haram actually seized the military base, forcing the troops to abandon the base and flee to safety.

The terrorists, however, met their waterloo when ground troops, backed by aerial support, ambushed their reinforcement team and dislodged them.

On its part, the ISIL posted a statement on its Amaq news channel on Telegram claiming responsibility for the attack.

It said seven people were killed, and one captured, and that its fighters had seized weapons, ammunition and six four-wheel-drive vehicles and that it burnt down the army barracks.

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