Eight soldiers are reportedly killed after Boko Haram terrorists launched attack on a military base in Sasawa, a community close to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
The spokesman of 3 Div. Nigerian Army, Col. Kayode Ogunsanya confirmed the attack but could not give details of the casualty figure.
He, however, stated that “there was casualty on both side of the army and the insurgents”.
But a soldier who survived the attack said that eight soldiers, including an officer and a civilian were killed in the attack.
He also added that many soldiers took to their heels after sighting the insurgents driving into the community with about seven gun trucks and others riding on motorcycles.
“I can authoritatively confirm to you that there was an attack at dawn yesterday at Sasawa and eight soldiers, including an officer as well as a civilian were killed during the raid.
“The insurgents overran the military base having come with seven gun trucks.
“Many of our colleagues ran for their lives because the fire power of the insurgents was much and our guys had to take cover,” the source said.
Sasawa is one of the communities that was under the control of the insurgents before being liberated by security forces, with an established military base.