Jihadists seize military base in northeast Nigeria


 Jihadists lined up with the Islamic State assailant bunch have caught an army installation in upper east Nigeria's Borno state after for the time being conflicts with troops, sources told AFP on Saturday. 


Assault rifle using warriors from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) assaulted the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad region short-term Friday into Saturday, two sources said. 


"The need currently is to recover the base from the fear mongers and an activity is in progress," one of the sources said. 


"We endured a shot from ISWAP psychological militants. They struck the base in Marte after a furious fight." 


The subsequent source said the military "brought about misfortunes" however it was not at this point clear the number of individuals had kicked the bucket or the degree of devastation delivered by the extremists. 


ISWAP, which split from Boko Haram in 2016, keeps up camps on islands in Lake Chad - where Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad meet - and the zone is known to be gathering's stronghold. 


A week ago, the jihadists assaulted the Marte base however were repulsed, provoking them to assemble more contenders for the overnight strike, said the sources. 


The strike was viewed as a "fightback" after ongoing misfortunes - troops as of late overran ISWAP's second biggest camp in Talala town, said the sources. 


In November a year ago, authorities started the staged return of inhabitants to Marte six years after they were pushed out by the jihadists. 


The town, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the provincial capital Maiduguri, was once viewed as the breadbasket of the Lake Chad area. 


In any event 36,000 individuals have been murdered in the jihadist struggle since 2009 and brutality has spread into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, inciting a local military alliance.

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