The Nigerian Army has denied that members of the Boko Haram terrorists group killed over 100 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion in Guzamala axis of Borno State.
The denial was contained in a statement on Thursday by the spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Tukur Ismail Gusau.
Gusau quoted the Theatre Commander, Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, as making the denial on Thursday at a news conference.
The news conference was in reaction to an online report that the troops of the 157 Task Force Battalion were overran by the Boko Haram terrorists in Guzamala axis of Borno State, with several personnel killed and several others cannot be accounted for, including the Commanding Officer of the Unit. The report also said the troops lost equipment to the terrorists.
The statement added: “The Theatre Command wants to state clearly that the story is a fabrication from the imagination of those sympathetic to Boko Haram ways of life.
“Although the location of 157 Battalion was attacked last Wednesday and was subsequently repelled by the gallant troops of the Unit, the Commanding Officer of the Unit is in contact with his Brigade Commander.
“However, the unit suffers some casualties which is normal in military operations. The affected personnel sustained minor injuries but no gunshot wound was sustained by the troops.
“The number of casualty and equipment lost as being circulated is not correct. The situation was unnecessarily blown beyond proportion to give terrorists the type of propaganda they desired.
“The Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole has addressed the issue and gave journalists the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts about the Gudumbali incidence.”
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