By Augustine Ehikioya
Plans by suspected Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits to attack the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State have been successfully repelled by Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in conjunction with other security agencies.
A statement on Monday by the Director Defence Information,
Major General, Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr, as obtained by Security Watch Africa (SWA), said the Nigerian and Nigerien forces are working together in pursuit of the terrorists on the run.
“The failed attack, which took place at about 5:30am, 26 September 2021, in the remote border settlement with 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.”
The statement noted that the swift reinforcement by the 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.”
It also disclosed that there were, however, some level of casualty recorded on the part of Nigerian troops during the encounter.
The statement added “Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters. The general security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilized.”