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Sokoto: Troops Repel ISWAP Attack on Military Base, Eliminate Scores – Gen Sawyerr

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Musa Na Allah

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with other security agencies, successfully repelled an attack by suspected Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits on the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The failed attack, which took place in the remote border settlement with Niger Republic was swiftly repelled by troops.

The aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region, has been a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP and bandits.

This was contained in a press statement signed by Major General Gbenjamin Sawyerr, Director Defence Information, and made available to journalist in Sokoto.

The attackers according to the release came in large numbers using telecom network provided from neighbouring country, capitalized on the lean rear area protection force when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility.

The statement further stated that the swift reinforcement by own troops helped to counter the attack as many of the ISWAP fighters were eliminated while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries, resulting to their pursuit to Bassira in Niger Republic. 

Unfortunately, the statement revealed that, there were some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter.

It was however in the statement disclosed that the, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters.

The general security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilized.

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