ABUJA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian troops killed several militants of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) who attacked a military base in the northeastern state of Borno, an army spokesman said.
Two soldiers died repelling the ISWAP attack Sunday on an army base in the Gajiram Nganzai local government area of Borno, according to a statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for the army.
The air components of Operation Hadin Kai, as the military operation in the country's restive northeast region is called, brought "a devastating volume of fire on the terrorists who attempted to infiltrate the base," he said.
The ISWAP has been collaborating with its sister group Boko Haram to establish an Islamist state in northeast Nigeria. The terror groups have also extended their attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.