9 Killed as Soldiers, Boko Haram Clash in Yobe

Five Boko Haram fighters and four soldiers were killed after a clash in Yobe state, north-east Nigeria.

Army spokesman Sagir Musa said five rebel fighters “met their Waterloo” as they attempted to overrun a military base in Buni Yadi, in Yobe state, at about 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Saturday.

“An officer and three soldiers have lost their lives during the encounter. While five soldiers were wounded are stable and receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance,” he added.

Musa said the heavily armed militants were in four gun trucks and two armoured vehicles, but were eventually overpowered and troops seized their weapons and ammunition.

The military base in Buni Yadi has been targeted before in the decade-long conflict.

In recent months there has been a wave of attacks in the Buni Yadi area, which is near the border with Borno state — the epicentre of fighting since 2009.

Most of the attacks on military positions and troops have been blamed on or claimed by the self-styled Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was elected in 2015 on a promise to defeat the Islamist militants, maintains the group is “technically defeated”, despite repeated attacks on military bases and soft targets.

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