Troops of the Nigerian Army has dislodged members of the jihadists of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) from the Marte military base in the north- east of the country.
ISWAP, an Islamic State-affiliated group and a breakaway faction of the Islamist extremist organisation Boko Haram since 2016, on Friday attacked locations in the north-east of Nigeria leading to thousands fleeing to Maiduguri, the capital of the ravaged Borno state which lies around 130 kilometres away.
The group claimed responsibility for the Friday evening attack and established control of the base on Saturday, before the Nigerian Army swoop in through the operation Tura Taka Bango, in coordination with the air force.
The coalition destroyed seven of the bandit’s militarized trucks, mowed down several assailants and began a fierce pursuit of the fleeing terrorists, according to an official statement of the Nigerian Army.
Victory came to the Nigerian Army on Sunday morning following an intense fighting with both sides suffering heavy human and equipment losses, according to military sources.
The bandits also claimed they killed Nigerian soldiers, captured eight, carted away many weapons, ammunition and vehicles, after which they burnt down base barracks.
ISWAP gangsters have entrenched themselves mainly in the Lake Chad; apparently a pivot position and a strategic strip along the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
From this position, both Boko Haram and ISWAP have triggered mayhem, spreading terror in parts of Nigeria and the adjoining locations in Chad, Cameroon and More Republic for several years, resulting in the loss of over 35,000 lives in Nigeria and displaced about two million people in over ten years.