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UPDATED: 3 Nigerian soldiers killed, 171 others missing as ISWAP attack military base in Yobe

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Members of ISWAP/Boko Haram have attacked the Kumuya military base in Yobe State, allegedly killing three soldiers and destroying heavy equipment during the operation.

The terrorists struck on Friday when some special forces of the 27 Task Force Brigade, deployed at Buni Gari had gone out on clearing patrol in the axis.

PRNigeria gathered that the terrorists, aided by local informants and sympathisers, stormed Kumuya community, attacked ‘harmless’ villagers and the military base, destroying heavy military equipment.

During the attack, the terrorists used heavy weapons in destroying military equipment and patrolled the community to prevent the reinforcement of soldiers.

“The terrorists attacked us on Friday morning. They attacked the military base and burnt it down. Three soldiers were killed, one injured, while about 171 are missing. The base is deserted but we have called in for reinforcements,” a military source told Sahara Reporters.

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“One Camel MRAP was burnt, one 105MMPH Artillery gun burnt, one Conqueror and one T72 tank were also burnt. The terrorists also set the camp ablaze,” another source revealed.

It was however gathered that the troops on the ground came out and engaged the insurgents, eventually overpowering them.

Though it was learnt that a section of the military base at Kumuya was razed down during the attack, PRNigeria could not confirm the number of casualties recorded by troops, at press time.

Meanwhile, movements have been restricted along Damaturu-Damboa-Biu road.

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