Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2018

Counter-Attack: Military Routs Boko Haram In Baga

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Remnants of Boko Haram burnt vehicle

There are strong indications that the Nigerian military may have retaken its military base from the Boko Haram insurgents following a counter-attack on Thursday.

The terrorists had on Wednesday 26th December attacked the headquarters of 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Baga, Borno State, at about 7.00pm.

The troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night, while Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE sent in reinforcement who are in hot pursuit of the terrorists.

Report said a counter-attack by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), struck and levelled terrorists hiding in a military base in Baga after tactical withdrawal of ground troops.

It was learnt that NAF scrambled its fighter-aircrafts including Alpha jets, Mi 25 attack helicopters for the decisive bombardments.

A top military intelligence officer told PRNigeria, a news agency, that the Nigerian Airforce sustained the aerial bombardments after a tactical withdrawal of troops from the military base.

The source said: “The Nigerian Air Force in response to distress call quickly mobilized military aircraft and flew over 20 sorties Wednesday night and throughout Thursday.

Some Boko Haram insurgents had earlier launched an attack at the military formation after tactical withdrawal of our troops.

“The NAF also launched a coordinated missile raid on the routes as the terrorists fled towards Doro-Baga and other axis.

“After the ground troops had withdrawn from the base, some of the insurgents moved in and pretended to be soldiers, before they were bombarded.

“Meanwhile the Nigerian Airforce has continued to provide Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions needed by troops in the ongoing reinforcements to fully recapture and occupy the areas.”

It was further gathered that there are reinforcements from the ground troops in Damasak and Mongonu axis in North-Eastern Nigeria.

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