ISWAP attack on military base in Sokoto repelled, as troops eliminate scores of terrorists – DHQ

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with other security agencies, successfully repelled an attack suspected Islamic States for African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, Director Defence Information, disclosed this in a statement Monday.

According to Sawyerr, the failed attack, which took place at about 5:30am, 26 September 2021, in the remote border settlement with Niger Republic was swiftly repelled troops.

He said “The aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North region, has a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP and bandits. The attackers came in large numbers using telecom network provided neighbouring country, capitalised lean rear area protection force when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations their area of responsibility.

“However, the swift reinforcement own troops helped to counter the attack as many of the ISWAP fighters were eliminated while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries, resulting to their pursuit to Bassira in Niger Republic.”

Sawyerr noted that “Unfortunately, there were some level of casualty recorded part of own troops during the encounter.”

Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters. The general security the FOB and its environs has stabilized, the statement said.