A Nigerian soldier who survived an attack on a military base in the northern part of Borno State on Monday said he suffered a large number of casualties due to a lack of adequate weapons.
The soldier, who managed to escape the attack along with other wounded troops, said at least 70 soldiers died in the attack.
He said that the bodies of dead Nigerian soldiers had not yet been evacuated, only days after Boko Haram took advantage of their lack of ammunition and delivered a devastating defeat.
The attack on the village of Metele in the local government area of Guzamala took place on Monday night.
PREMIUM TIMES broke the story on Tuesday detailing how rampaging Boko Haram insurgents overran a Nigerian Army battalion in Borno State on Sunday, killing the unit’s commander and dozens of soldiers.
Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES that large cache of arms, ammunition, and military equipment were carted away by Boko Haram fighters during the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Guzamala Local Government Area, at about 6:00 p.m.
Security analysts described the attack as a huge setback for government forces trying to push terrorists further out of Nigeria’s north-eastern flank.
The attack came amidst rising fears for the fate of the troops from the base, which has suffered several attacks in recent past.
PREMIUM TIMES reported on Monday that there were efforts being made to evacuate corpses of the fallen soldiers on Tuesday morning.
But according to some of the soldiers who survived the attack, the move to evacuate the littering corpses was thwarted by the Boko Haram fighters who held their ground and forced the soldiers to abandon the mission.
Source: Premium Times