The Islamic State has claimed it killed 12 Nigerian troops and others injured on Monday when its fighters attacked “a barracks of the apostate Nigerian Army”in Gajiram, Nganzai local government area of Borno State.
The terrorist group said three armored vehicles, “tanks” and four-wheel-drive vehicles were destroyed and the base was burned, and that weapons, ammunition and 4×4` vehicles were captured.
Although the spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole Colonel Ado Isa confirmed the attack, he, however, played down the impact of the attack.
He said that only a detailed situation report that is still being awaited will provide an insight into the true situation of things.
“Our men are now fully on the ground but details of casualty on our part and on the part of our adversaries is what we are still waiting for,” Isa told Channels TV on Wednesday.
“But I assure you that our troops are there on ground in Gajiram and members of the community are there too,” Isa added.
Security sources and residents told AFP on Tuesday that 15 soldiers were killed when the ISWAP faction of Boko Haram in nine armored trucks overran the base and looted nearby Gajiram town