Suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on Sunday morning invaded Ajiri village in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state, attacking a military base, dislodging troops killing a commanding officer and seven others.
This attack comes barely 12 hours after some insurgents attacked Rann, the headquarters of the Kala Balge Local Government Area and Limankara village of the Gwoza Local Government Area of the state
Ajiri town, which is about 50km from Borno Central, is located along Maiduguri- Mafa- Dikwa Road with thousands of its people, mostly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) recently relocated to the community to try to get their lives back on track.
A security source confirmed to newsmen that troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the base and forced troops to withdraw.
“The commanding officer of the base… paid the supreme price while six civilians who were caught up in the fight were also killed,” one of the military sources said.
Another source confirmed the toll and said militants escaped with weapons from the base.