At least six soldiers of the Nigerian Army have been reportedly shot dead by Boko Haram insurgents in an attack on a military base in Kareto, a community in Mobba local government area of Borno state.
Naija News learned that the staged the attack around 7 pm on Thursday, June 13. The insurgents were said to have invaded the military formation on motorbikes.
A report monitored on TheCable by Naija News, quoted a source to have said that the insurgents engaged soldiers in a gun duel for about three hours on Thursday.
The report said the commanding officer of the 158 battalion, was among those said to have been killed while “many soldiers” were missing.
Boko Haram took to Amaq, its news agency, On Friday, to claim responsibility for the attack, saying over 20 soldiers were killed.
The report said when the army spokesman, Sagir Musa, was asked to comment on the attack, he referred the online newspaper to Usman Sadiq, Borno police spokesman, saying “he is in the best position to speak on that”.
It was learned that when Sadiq was contacted to comment on the attack, he redirected TheCable to Musa.
“I’m directed to refer you to the spokesman of the army. We cannot confirm for them. Only they can confirm for themselves,” Sadiq said.