Nigerian troops fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect have suffered major setbacks, with the terror group sacking an army battalion, killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others in two separate attacks in three days, reliable military insiders have told.
The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition, and are calling for urgent restocking of their armouries, our sources said.
The first incident, involving troops deployed at the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State, occurred at about 6 p.m. on Monday when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the base.
The terrorists, according to those familiar with the incidents, had five gun trucks on which twin barrel artillery guns were mounted.
The Nigerian troops fought back gallantly, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of fierce battle.
Five soldiers were killed in action while nine others were seriously injured. Four other soldiers are yet to be found as at the time of this report
Army authorities did not immediately comment about the development.