The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday confirmed that three soldiers lost their lives during a fierce shootout with members of the ISWAP in Kukawa town of Borno State on Tuesday.
The military also said “eight ISWAP members were shot dead while several others escaped with bullet injuries.”
The attack, which took place on Tuesday evening, had sent the few residents, who were returning to the community after years of displacement, fleeing again.
One of the civilian survivors, Ali Gonimi, told journalists upon his arrival in Maiduguri on Wednesday that the attackers were in full military kits.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, said in a statement on Thursday that the attack was an “attempt to scuttle the resettlement of the Kukawa community in Borno on Tuesday.”
Enenche said the wounded soldiers were currently receiving treatment at a military facility, adding that the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control.