The Nigerian Army has remained silent despite reports that Boko Haram/Islamic States West Province (ISWAP) terrorists have killed no fewer than 69 soldiers over the past week.
Online news medium, SaharaReporters, citing a military source, said the soldiers were killed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Mallam Fatori, a town new Niger Republic boarder, Tasmukawu in East of Ngamdu, Kaga Local Government Area, Monguno and Gudumbali, a village in the Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
“On Wednesday, the insurgents targeted a military base in Mallam Fatori with 3 mortar shells, killing at least 10 soldiers after detonating 2 improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
“On Thursday, the group laid an ambush as a military convoy drove past on a routine patrol around Kauwa in Gudumbali, a village in Kukawa LGA. The soldiers were being supported by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.
“The ambush left at least 20 military personnel dead.
“On Friday, Boko Haram terrorists killed 6 soldiers in an attack on a military checkpoint in Tasmukawu, east of Ngamdu.
“The insurgents also killed about 33 soldiers during an ambush on troops of the Special Forces Brigade in Monguno. About 20 soldiers were injured in the attack,” the unnamed source said, adding that several civilians were killed and others abducted by the Islamists.
The continued attacks come in spite of claims by the Nigerian military that the insurgency had been largely defeated.
No fewer than 200 soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed in separate attacks since January 2021.