Insurgents from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, have attacked the Forward Operational Base (FOB), in Molai, Borno State.
Molai is located at the outskirts of Maiduguri, about 7km away.
1st News gathered that the insurgents invaded the town after iftar; the meal, eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan; shooting sporadically as residents of the community fled into the forest for safety.
Boko Haram, an Islamic sect
According to sources, the terrorists who came in no fewer than 10 gun trucks engaged the army formation in the community.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands; displacing millions in North-Eastern Nigeria. The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.
In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who waylay them.
Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been killed since January 2022.
Meanwhile, residents of Maiduguri; the Borno State capital, have expressed their fears about the latest attack on the Army Base in Molai.
They are concerned that the proximity of Molai to the capital city could usher a new wave of Boko Haram attacks within Maiduguri.
Maiduguri metropolis has witnessed relative peace.
The Islamic insurgents are restricted to the Local Government Areas.
However, with the recent development, the insurgents will be emboldened to attempt to recapture the capital city.