A military base in Borno was struck by Boko Haram jihadists, who left a soldier dead in the attack as confirmed by defence officials.
Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola who spoke to newsmen, disclosed that the attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning.
“BHTs (Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 gun trucks…advanced towards the camp from two different directions,” Daramola said in a statement.
Nigerian troops supported by helicopters “forced the Boko Haram terrorists to retreat from the camp,” Daramola said.
“One soldier was killed in action while four others were wounded,” said the Nigerian army in a statement posted on its official Twitter account.
AFP reported that more than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while nearly two million others remain homeless.