Nigerian troops killed scores of Islamist insurgents and suffered casualties among their own ranks during heavy fighting near a remote army base on the border with Niger, the military announced on Monday.
In a statement, Major General Benjamin Sawyerr said that fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base at Burkusuma in Nigeria’s northwestern Sokoto State in the early hours of Sunday.
“Troops quickly repelled the failed attack,” Sawyerr, the armed forces spokesperson, added. “Unfortunately, some losses were recorded among our own troops during the encounter.”
Sawyerr said the attackers had fled across the border with Niger to the remote settlement of Bassira, and were now being pursued by Nigerian and Nigerien troops working together.