The army brigade in Buni Yadi, Yobe state was on Saturday evening, Saturday 7 January 2017, attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
The spokesman of 27 Task Force Brigade, Lt. George Okupe confirmed the attack, adding that the attack was successfully repelled by the troops, Sahara Reporters reports.
Lt. Okupe said: “Buni Yadi came under attack at about 0615pm…but things are under control. Casualty figure of BHTs yet to be confirmed, on locales, none for now likewise own forces. However, details will be relayed to you soon”.
But a military source who spoke in confidence said Boko Haram insurgents who Saturday night launched a surprise attack on 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army Buni Yadi killing 5 soldiers, including a captain.
The source also noted that the insurgents came from the eastern side of the brigade in large numbers and launched superior firepower on the military formation before they were repelled.
It was gathered that the Captain, who is a medical doctor had just been posted to Buni Yadi.
Another military source disclosed that the insurgents suffered a heavy casualty in the attack as many dead bodies were seen scattered in the bush.
The source maintained that troops are still in pursuit of some of the fleeing insurgents.
This is the first time the 27 Task Brigade has suffered a heavy attack from Boko Haram since its relocation from Damaturu to Buni Yadi in 2015.
The headquarters of Gujba local government, Buni Yadi was taken over by the insurgents for almost one year before it was recaptured by the military in May 2015.