Nigerian Army confirms ISWAP attack on the military base in Sokoto, says troops eliminated scores of terrorists and bandits

The Nigerian Army has confirmed terrorists and bandits attack on a joint military base in Sokoto State.

According to the report, 15 personnel including NSCDC personnel identified simply as ‘Sule Monkey’ died in the attack. 

However, In a statement on Monday, September 27, the Director of Defence Information,

Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, said troops eliminated scores of terrorists who

attacked Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state. 

The statement read:

“Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with other security agencies, successfully repelled an attack

by suspected Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits on

the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

“The failed attack, which took place at about 5:30am, 26 September 2021, in the remote border settlement

with the Niger Republic had a swift repel by the troops

Also, the aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region has been

a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP and bandits. The attackers came in large numbers using telecom network provided

from neighbouring country, capitalised on the lean rear area protection force when the main troops

were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility

Besides, the swift reinforcement by own troops helped to counter the attack as many of the ISWAP fighters

were eliminated while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries, resulting to their pursuit

to Bassira in the Niger Republic

“Unfortunately, there was some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter

Finally, he said the Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters. Furthermore, The stabilization of the general security within the FOB and its environs is on. 

By Taiyelolu A

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