Boko Haram attacks Nigerian military base, 24 personnel feared killed

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

The attack occurred on Tuesday evening, a few minutes after 5:00 p.m.

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram have attacked a security base in Buni Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area killing 24 officials, residents of the area have said.

The victims include 13 soldiers and 11 police officers, the residents said.

The attack occurred on Tuesday evening, a few minutes after 5:00 p.m.

Residents of the town informed the BBC Hausa service that the attackers came in ten Hilux vans, an armoured tank, and several motorcycles.

The insurgents reportedly told the residents to go back home and stay indoors as their target were the security personnel in the town.

A resident of the town, who refused to be named for security reasons, informed PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone that the attackers also torched some part of the traditional ruler’s residence, and several other buildings.

“They also raided that local government secretariat and burnt most of the vehicles inside the complex,” he said.

The Boko Haram had on February 25 attacked the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, killing about 59 students although the military said 29 male students were killed.

About 24 buildings of the school were also burnt down during the February attack.

When contacted, the Nigerian Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Olajide Layeye, said he was “not aware” of the Tuesday attack.

“I just left my boss few minutes ago and he didn’t mention that,” he said.

The Defence Headquarters spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, could not be reached as his telephone number was not unreachable.

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