30 Nigerians soliders have paid the ultimate price in the course of defending their nation.

They lost their lives in combat with Boko Haram militants who overran a military base in Zari near the border with Niger, two military sources told AFP on Saturday.

Scores of the terrorists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in northern Borno State late on Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle, they said.

“They came in large numbers in trucks and carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour,” a military officer told AFP.

“We lost at least 30 men,” the officer said, adding that the attack took place at around 4pm.

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“They overwhelmed the troops who were forced to temporarily withdraw before reinforcements arrived,” said the officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak.

The militants stole weapons and military equipment before they were pushed out of the base by troops with aerial support, said a second military source who gave a similar death toll.

The militants were pursued and bombarded by a fighter jet, said the military sources.

“The terrorists also suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment”, one of the military officers said.

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