The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Monday said that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with other security agencies, successfully repelled an attack by suspected Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits on the Forward Operation Base (FOB), at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, while killing scores of the terrorists.
It also disclosed that the bandits now coordinate attacks on troops’ locations using the mobile networks from the Niger Republic.
This development casts a shadow of doubt on the effectiveness of the disconnection of mobile networks in parts of the northwest to keep bandits incommunicado.
Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr in a statement also regretted that there was some level of casualty recorded on the part of own troops during the encounter.
“The failed attack, which took place at about 5:30 am, 26 September 2021, in the remote border settlement with the Niger Republic was swiftly repelled by troops. The aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region, has been a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP and bandits.
“The attackers came in large numbers using telecom  network provided from neighbouring country, capitalised on the lean rear area protection force when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility.
“However, the swift reinforcement by 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”.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria also disclosed that the Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters.
The statement concluded that the general security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilized.

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