Nigeria says 14 troops killed in northeastern attack

The Nigerian military said that troops were capable of tackling the insecurity crisis in the region after confirming the death of 14 troops in a weekend attack by gunmen on Baga

Nigeria says 14 troops killed in northeastern attack

World Bulletin/News Desk

Nigerian authorities have confirmed the death of 14 troops in a weekend attack by gunmen on Baga, a border town in the restive northeastern region.

"The situation in Baga is still being studied to determine the appropriate action that will restore law, order and normalcy to the community after the attack mounted by hundreds of heavily armed terrorists last weekend," Defense Spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement on Saturday.

"A total of 14 soldiers were killed in action during the attack, while over 30 others wounded," he added, noting that the wounded soldiers were receiving medical treatment.

Olukolade said most of the soldiers who went missing after the attack had also rejoined their unit, revealing that several militants were killed during the attack.

Olukolade said, however, that civilian casualties from the attack would be determined later.

The Nigerian military, meanwhile, said that Nigerian troops were capable of tackling the insecurity crisis in the region.

It assured that no portion of Nigeria's territories would be claimed by the terrorists.

"The Nigerian military has not given up on Baga and other localities where terrorist activities are now prevalent," it said in a statement.

"Appropriate plans, men and resources are being mobilized to address the situation," it added. 

It said the Nigerian component of the Multinational Joint Task Force – which retreated from its Baga headquarters during the weekend attack – and more troops were regrouping for necessary debrief and briefing for subsequent missions.

"It is necessary to reassure Nigerians that the Nigerian armed forces and security agencies are capable of flushing the terrorists out of Baga," it added.

It said the use of available resources within the armed forces would continue to be maximized to maintain the momentum of the fight against terrorism.

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