Last month, Abuja said the insurgency, which began in 2009, was in its final stages, a year after President Muhammadu Buhari said the group was “technically” defeated.
But questions will be asked about how the rebels were able to attack such a sizeable military base and inflict casualties and the extent to which they pose a security threat.
Such attacks have been a common feature of the insurgency, with Boko Haram in the past regularly over-running military bases and seizing weaponry.
A spokesman for the Buni Yadi base, Lieutenant George Okupe, said: “There was indeed an attack in Buni Yadi by terrorists which was repelled.
“I cannot confirm any casualty for now. All I can say is that some soldiers are missing in action.”
Buni Yadi, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the Yobe state capital, Damaturu, fell into the hands of Boko Haram in February 2014 after Boko Haram attacked a boys’ boarding school.
At least 43 students were killed as they slept and the school was set ablaze.
The militants sacked the town and remained in control until March last year until they were ousted by the Nigerian military.
- Source – Guardian