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Boko Haram attacks military base again, kills many soldiers
AT least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in combat with Boko Haram jihadists who overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger, according to AFP.
The international news agency reports on Saturday that scores of jihadists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in Borno state late Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle in which 30 soldiers were killed.
The army authority has not responded to the latest report, although the army has often denied reports of soldiers being killed by the insurgents.
After initial denial by the army in July, The ICIR exclusively reported how Boko Haram killed 62 soldiers during attack on a military base at Jilli in Geidam, Yobe State. Later reports indicated that over 100 soldiers were killed in the attack.
On the same day of Jilli attack, Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy in Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno State and killed twenty-three soldiers while others were missing according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Also in July, The ICIR exclusively reported how eight soldiers were killed and three injured when Boko Haram gunmen ambushed the convoy of an army commanding officer in Yobe State.
Renewed attacks by Boko Haram on military bases question the repeated claims by the federal government that the insurgents have been defeated.
According to a recent UN Security Council report, payment of ransom by the government and lack of control in the movement of cash in the Northern region were some of the reasons that the Boko Haram insurgency has continued to thrive.