Media reported the lieutenant colonel commanding 158 Task Force Battalion was killed in the attack
Islamic State claimed fighters from its West Africa Province affiliate attacked a military base in the northern Borno state town of Kareto, while media reports said the battalion’s commanding officer was killed.
ISIS in a Thursday, June 13 statement said ISWAP fighters attacked the base in Kareto with light medium and heavy weapons. It claimed “at least 20” Nigerian soldiers were killed and others injured, that a “tank” and a Shilkaself-propelled anti-aircraft weapon were destroyed, and the base was burned. Seven four-wheel drive vehicles, weapons and ammunition were captured, the statement said.
Kareto is around 135 km (84 miles) northwest of Borno state capital Maiduguri, not far from the Niger border.
Premium Times reported a Boko Haram attack on a base in Kareto on June 12, Nigeria’s Democracy Day national holiday, which marks the day the military handed power to the elected government in 1999.
According to the report, 158 Task Force Battalion was attacked and “several casualties” were recorded, including the lieutenant colonel in command of the battalion who was killed. An unnamed security source gave Reuters a similar account.
According to Premium Times the militants had moved to Fuchimiram village, around 6 km west of Kareto, after the attack.
On May 22, ISIS released a video showing ISWAP attacks and the execution of nine people, including one tank crewman who was killed with a rocket-propelled grenade. The video featured extensive battle footage of attacks against military bases, including a raid on a base in Kareto in November.