Three soldiers were reportedly killed when Boko Haram terrorists raided a military base in Borno State, security sources said on Saturday.
The attack happened at the Forward Operation Base in Ngwom village, some 14 kilometres north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
“Boko Haram infiltrated our base in Ngwom yesterday (Friday) at around 6:50 pm in which we lost three soldiers,” a military officer in Maiduguri said.
A second military source said the Islamist militants left with two army vehicles and “demobilised” a mine-resistant armoured vehicle.
“The terrorists also burnt two houses and a car belonging to our members in the village,” added a civilian militia leader in Maiduguri. It was not immediately clear which of the two Boko Haram factions was behind the attack.
Most of the attacks on troops in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state since mid-2018 have been claimed by the self-styled Islamic State West Africa Province.
Others, though, have been carried out by fighters loyal to long-time factional leader Abubakar Shekau.
Nigeria’s military has strongly denied claims the assaults on soldiers are an indication the group is resurgent, after repeated claims they were “technically defeated”.
The military is yet to make statement on the attack.