Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Borno State scheduled for Thursday, the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) has overrun a military base in Kwamdi village of Damboa Local Government Area of the state.
The attack happened on Tuesday evening, during which the insurgents overwhelmed the base and carted away weapons after a fierce battle.
The insurgents invaded the base in 10 utility vehicles and destroyed an Armoured Personnel Carrier and a gun truck.
According to a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), Hamidu Abu, the deadly group targeted soldiers camp but not residents.
He further disclosed that the base was razed down as arms and ammunition were stolen by the invaders.
“They came at about 4 p.m. and due to the sand storms it was difficult for soldiers to repel them. They burnt down the base including APC and four other vehicles.
“I can’t ascertain if there was any causality figure,” Abu said.
A security source confirmed that the base came under attack from gunmen believed to be ISWAP fighters at about 4 pm and it lasted for about an hour and 30 minutes.
The source added that fighters seized the opportunity of the sand storm to penetrate the base.
“Our base at Kwamdi came under attack but we didn’t lose any of our personnel to the attackers, unfortunately the base suffered some damages,” the security source told Daily Trust.
There has not been any official reaction from the Nigerian military