Of­fi­cers: 83 Nige­rian sol­diers miss­ing in Boko Haram at­tack

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Some 83 Nige­rian sol­diers are miss­ing in ac­tion since Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ists at­tacked a re­mote mil­i­tary base in the north­east, se­nior army of­fi­cers said Sun­day.

The sol­diers were un­able to fight back and fled be­cause Boko Haram had su­pe­rior fire power, the of­fi­cers told The As­so­ci­ated Press, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they are not au­tho­rized to give in­for­ma­tion to reporters.

Mo­rale also was low among the troops be­cause they were be­ing ra­tioned to one meal a day and their al­lowances were be­ing pil­fered by their com­man­ders, the of­fi­cers said.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Us­man re­ported last week that “some” sol­diers were miss­ing and 13 wounded when the in­sur­gents on Oct. 17 at­tacked their base in Gashigar vil­lage, on the bor­der with Niger. Us­man has not re­sponded to re­quests for the ac­tual num­ber.

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