About 10 soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed by terrorists loyal to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) during a recent gun battle in Rann, Borno State, the terrorist group has claimed.
The ISWAP group also boasted that they escaped with weapons stolen from the soldiers during the attack.
Naija News previously reported that the ISWAP group on Monday, allegedly launched a surprise attack on Rann, a community in Kala-Balge local government area of Borno State.
The ISWAP fighters were said to have stormed the area on Monday and took over the community after sporadically shooting into the air to gain entrance.
Rann is understood to be the headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area and just about 350km from Maiduguri, the state capital.
Upon arrival in Rann, the ISWAP terrorists reportedly chased out the residents as well as the few security forces they met on ground according to sources that witnessed the incident.
They were said to have also gone ahead to burn military vehicles as well as the military base in the area.
Troops of the Nigerian Army later restored calm to Rann in Kala Balge LGA of Borno State, after an attack by members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP.
It was gathered that the troops’ counter operation, was led by the Acting General Officer Commanding, GOC 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo.
But a report published by Daily Nigerian quoted the ISWAP fighters as saying they killed about 10 soldiers and escaped to their hideout with ‘spoils of war.’
“With Allah’s grace, we have killed 10 Nigerian soldiers, wounded many, while the rest ran away in Rann, Borno State.
“The spoils of war we got three devices, many arms, and ammunition”, it read.
The terrorists further alleged that they burnt the military base in Rann, as well as two tanks, and “safely returned to our base”.
As at the time this report was filed, no official statement has been issued yet.