Boko Haram have reportedly killed three Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base near Lake Chad in Borno state.
According to AFP, the fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) drove in several trucks into the base in Cross-Kauwa village on Tuesday and engaged troops in hours-long gunfight.
“We lost three soldiers in the fight,” a military personnel told the news agency.
“The soldiers fought the terrorists but were overpowered and had to withdraw from the base,” he added.
A Cross-Kauwa resident, who wanted to be identified only by his first name, Bukar, said the Islamists stormed the village in trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT).
“The insurgents fought the soldiers for three hours and forced them to abandon the base,” Bukar said.
Concise News learned that the troops withdrew to the garrison town of Monguno, 18 kilometres (11 miles) away while others stopped at another base in nearby Kekeno which Boko Haram had made several failed attempts to overrun in recent weeks.
The terrorists had killed scores of Nigerian soldiers in Metele area of the northeastern state on 18 November, 2018.