Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on Borno base

In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018 a member of the Nigerian Military Police sits on an armoured vehicle during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada. Nigerian troops say they repelled another attempt by Boko Haram jihadists to overrun a military base in northeast Nigeria on September 24, 2018. PHOTO | STEFAN HEUNIS | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A senior military officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, said the Islamists were equipped with anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday.

  • But they were unable to breach defensive ditches surrounding the facility, he added on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

  • Boko Haram "met stiff resistance, which led to a battle that lasted for hours", he said.



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