Nigerian military silent over Mainok attack by ISWAP

By Benjamin Arida//:

The Nigerian military authorities are yet to comment over attacks on the military convoy and also military base in Mainok, Borno, State, North Eastern Nigeria by terrorists from Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP on Sunday.

There were multiple reports that Nigerian troops suffered many casualties and that the base was destroyed, as well as the police station in Mainok.

Mainok is about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. How insurgents could hit the town in broad light in multiple gun trucks and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), still beats the imagination.×280&!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=J8hM1fH50f&p=https%3A// How they could also have made away with some of the new MRAPs being delivered, only underscored the weakness of Nigeria’s military position in the theatre of war. While PR Nigeria reported that Nigeria suffered some casualties, some other reports were emphatic that dozens of Nigerian soldiers paid the ultimate price defending their position. Also, there was the tragic dimension that Nigerian Air Force fighter jets bombed Nigerian soldiers in error, killing many and adding greatly to the casualties suffered from the ISWAP attack.

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