Boko Haram sect under the Islamic State militant group have seized a military base in Marte, Borno state after an overnight clashes with troops of the Nigerian Army.
According to reports, fighters of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday.
One of the sources among the soldiers said that;
“The priority now is to reclaim the base from the terrorists and an operation is under way.
“We took a hit from ISWAP terrorists. They raided the base in Marte after a fierce battle.”
ISWAP, which split from Boko Haram in 2016, maintains camps on islands in Lake Chad — where Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad meet — and the area is known to be the group’s bastion.
Last week, the jihadists attacked the Marte base but were repelled, prompting them to mobilise more fighters for the overnight raid.
The raid was seen as a “fightback” after recent losses — troops recently overran ISWAP’s second largest camp in Talala village.
In November last year, officials began the phased return of residents to Marte six years after they were pushed out by the jihadists.