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Boko Haram destroys military base, 107 troops MIA

30 November 2015, 18:33

Residents say Boko Haram destroyed a military base as soldiers fled and only self-defense fighters prevented the insurgents from retaking Gulak town.

Also read: Boko Haram kills seven, abducts teenage girls in Borno

Resident James Ularamu said civilian fighters held Gulak town on Sunday night until the military sent reinforcements who fought off the extremists.

The attack came as a military intelligence officer confirmed that 107 soldiers remain missing five days after a battle in which the rebels drove away in a T-72 tank. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the issue.

Nigeria’s military has denied dozens of soldiers are missing, but often does not report embarrassing information.

The setbacks come as Nigeria’s government admitted it cannot crush the 6-year uprising that has killed some 20,000 people by December.

- AP


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