The army brigade in Buni Yadi, Yobe state was on Saturday evening, January 7, attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
According to Sahara Reporters, Lt. George Okupe, the spokesman of 27 Task Force Brigade, confirmed the attack, adding that the attack was successfully repelled by the troops.
Okupe said: “Buni Yadi came under attack at about 0615pm…but things are under control. Casualty figure of BHTs yet to be confirmed, on locales, none for now likewise own forces. However, details will be relayed to you soon”.
But a military source who spoke in confidence said Boko Haram insurgents who Saturday night launched a surprise attack on 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army Buni Yadi killing five soldiers, including a captain.
The source also noted that the insurgents came from the eastern side of the brigade in large numbers and launched superior firepower on the military formation before they were repelled.
It was gathered that the Captain,who is a medical doctor had just been posted to Buni Yadi.
Another military source disclosed that the insurgents suffered a heavy casualty in the attack as many dead bodies were seen scattered in the bush.
He maintained that troops are still in pursuit of some of the fleeing insurgents.
This is the first time the 27 Task Brigade has suffered a heavy attack from Boko Haram since its relocation from Damaturu to Buni Yadi in 2015.
Buni Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba local government, was taken over by the insurgents for almost a year before it was recaptured by the military in May 2015.
The attack on 27 Task Force Brigade is coming barely two weeks after Nigerian troops on Operation Lafiya Dole had engaged Boko Haram terrorists in an early-morning gun fire which lead to the death of about 15 terrorists.
According to Premium Times, the gun fire started around 6 am on Friday, December 30, 2016 in Borno state and ended by 9 am.
It was reported that the terrorists launched a surprise attack against troops Rann, in northern Borno where soldiers from 3 Battalion and 112 Task Force Battalion are stationed.