The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) is suspected to have overrun a military formation in Borno State on Tuesday and carted away weapons following a fierce gun battle with the troops.
On Tuesday evening, the fighters stormed the military formation at Kwamdi village, Damboa local government area, on about ten utility vehicles.
The Ammour Personal Carrier (APC) and a gun truck were said to have been destroyed.
According to Hamidu Abu, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), the group targeted soldiers’ camps, but not residents.
According to him, the invaders stole weapons and ammunition from the base, causing it to be razed.
“They arrived around 4 p.m. Sand storms made it difficult for soldiers to repel them. Burning down the base also destroyed four vehicles and an APC.
Abu said he couldn’t determine whether there was a causality figure.
At about 4 pm, the base was attacked by gunmen believed to be ISWAP fighters, and the attack lasted for about an hour and 30 minutes, according to a security source.
According to the source, fighters took advantage of the sandstorm to breach the base.
“Our base at Kwamdi was attacked, but no personnel were lost, but the base was damaged,” a security source told Daily Trust.
There has been no official reaction from the Nigerian military.