Hundreds flee Islamist attacks in northeast Nigeria to seek refuge in Maiduguri

Soldiers wait for the arrival of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at a parade ground in Maiduguri Nigeria on Nov. 28. Nigeria's military finally revealed a death toll of 39 from a new series of extremist attacks on soldiers while Preside

"It may be recalled that the Headquarters 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Baga came under attack by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the evening of December 26".

Nasir Babagana also stated that since the military recaptured the town from Boko Haram terrorists in 2015, the city has been under the firm control of the military.

Troops of 120 battalion stationed in Goniri, Gujba local government area of Yobe State have reportedly inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate the town through the western axis of the town.

A military source who asked not to be identified told the AFP news agency that Nigerian troops were "overpowered and forced to withdraw", adding that "the terrorists carted away gun trucks, ammunition and multiple rocket launchers from the base".

Another source, a retired military personnel, said, "The Boko Haram knows that the military are blocking their channels of supply by establishing bases along the Lake Chad area and the terrorists are not happy".

Nigerian Army Spokesman Sani Usman confirmed the attack, adding that one navy officer was killed.

"Upon receipt of the information of the attack, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE immediately dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform along with two Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships to provide support for the troops to repel the attack", he said.

Residents of the regional capital Maiduguri reported seeing six fighter jets flying towards Baga on Thursday.

"The fighters have surrounded Baga town for a number of hours, some are talking about 24 hours, and the battle is ongoing in that area".

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Out of the 167 "runaway policemen" that were assigned to fight Boko Haram, 91% were Christian and 88% were southerners.

"Similarly, a search and rescue team has been constituted".

Residents on Friday said at least 10 people were killed in the attack on Baga.

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

The sources said the insurgents' means of finance from its global networks were being cut off due to the power tussle among their factional leaders, which had forced the terrorists to resort to forcefully taking away military weapons.

Speaking on behalf of the people, a civil society organization, the North East Coalition against Terrorism (NECAT) has commended the gallantry of the military in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

The fighting has also spilled into Nigeria's northern neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Over the years, Boko Haram, which wants to form a breakaway state, has kidnapped thousands of adults and children.

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