In a brutal return of terrorist activities in the northeast, Boko Haram jihadists have reportedly killed around 100 Nigerian soldiers after they descended on an army base in Maiduguri.
Security sources have blamed the Islamic State West Africa faction of the group for the latest attack considered the deadliest on a military base since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015.
The attack comes despite repeated claims by the Buhari-led Federal Government that the jihadists have been decimated.
Speaking to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, an officer who survive dthe terrorist blitz said the base was completely overwhelmed.
“The insurgents took us unawares. The base was burned with arms and we lost about 100 soldiers. It is a huge loss. We all flew because we didn’t know where the bullets were coming from, they killed some of us who went to evacuate the bodies of the killed soldiers,” he said.
The 100 soldiers that just died, remember they’re people’s children.
I met this young soldier in 2015 on patrol outside Jos. Born and raised in Lagos, but serving his country far from home. His mother calls everyday!
Those 100 soldiers have families. At least admit they died! pic.twitter.com/Xnuaqbu72J
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) November 23, 2018
Following the bloody attack, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has tweeted his condolences to the families of the deceased and called for prayers of all Nigerians.
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of our soldiers in these attacks and ask for the support and prayers of all Nigerians for our military in this war against ISWAP & Boko Haram. pic.twitter.com/0euJ9A3Ti3
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) November 23, 2018
Boko Haram has waged a violent campaign in Nigeria’s northeast to impose their version of Islamic law on the country, killing thousands and rendering millions homeless.