Battle For Baga: Troops In Fierce Encounter With Boko Haram
Troops in the northeast are not in a celebration mood at all, they are in a battle.
On Wednesday the Nigerian Army said troops of 7 Brigade in Baga area of Bono Stare have battled with members of Boko Haram who made attempts to infiltrate their location.
Several members of the terrorist group were neutralised, a tweet on the force's Twitter page said.
BREAKING NEWS: Gallant Troops of 7 Brigade Baga are currently engaging and neutralizing BHTs who attempted to infiltrate their location in Baga. Details later.— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) December 26, 2018
Boko Haram has renewed attacks on military locations in the northeast, with some soldiers dying in the line of duty.
The Baga battle is coming days after 13 solders were killed in an ambush on Damaturu-Maiduguri Road.
Baga is a location that the terrorists have always desired in the northeast, as they push for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.
Nearly four years ago, in 2015, Boko Haram seized Baga, a town described as a key multinational military base.
The BBC had in that year quoted a Senator in Borno State as saying that troops abandoned the base in the town of Baga after it was attacked on January 4, 2015.
Residents of Baga, fled by boat to neighbouring Chad escaping death. Many were killed while houses were ablaze.
It is not clear if the latest attack resulted in deaths of residents and troops.
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