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Boko Haram kills 30 Nigerian soldiers in military base attack. Over 160 soldiers dead since July Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

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Boko Haram terrorists overran a military base in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing at least 30 Nigerian soldiers near the border with Niger, but details of the attack are just becoming public.

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The jihadists attacked a military base at Zari village in Borno state late on Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle, French news agency, AFP, reported on Saturday.

The Nigerian army has neither acknowledged nor denied the attack. The army often denies the killings that are later found out to be true.

In July, Boko Haram killed over 100 soldiers during an attack at a military base at Jilli in Geidam, Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

On the same day of Jilli attack, Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy in Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno State and killed 23 soldiers while others were missing, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

At least eight other soldiers were killed in another attack in July when Boko Haram gunmen ambushed the convoy of an army commanding officer in Yobe State.

Why it matters: President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking re-electionin in February has repeatedly claimed that Boko Haram had been defeated, but the myriad of attacks and mass killings have since punctured that argument.

It is believed that Boko Haram, which operates in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, has killed over 100 thousand Nigerians since 2009 when it began its quest of establishing a caliphate around the Lake Chad Basin where only pure Islam would be practiced.

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS in 2015 and has since expanded its reign of terror.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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