The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military base which led to the deaths of eight soldiers in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.
A civilian was also killed, while five persons sustained injuries in the tragic incident which occurred on Tuesday.
In a statement on Thursday, the militant group, which Boko Haram pledged alliance to two years ago, explained how its members organised the operation.
“The fighters took three four-wheel-drive vehicles and others mounted with rifles and heavy weaponry and various ammunition,” the statement said.
A resident of Sassawa village, where the attack happened said the insurgents broke into shops and took away food items.
“The boys (insurgents) had a field day. After the attack, they forced many shops and stores open and carted food items away,” he had said.
Kayode Ogunsanya, spokesman of 3 division military base in Damaturu, said there was casualty on both sides but he could not ascertain the number.
“There was casualty on both sides but I cannot ascertain the number. Men on ground had repelled the attack,” Ogunsanya had said.
This is the first time that ISIS will take full responsibility for an attack in Nigeria.