Reports that 25 Nigerian soldiers died in Boko Haram attack fake-Army
London, May 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Army has denied media reports that 25 soldiers were killed in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
Many local and international media organisations including Associated Press, AP quoted witnesses saying at least 20 soldiers are dead and many others are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a military and civilian convoy in Nigeria’s northeast.
The witnesses say the military was relocating civilians to a displacement camp in Damboa on Saturday morning when the ambush occurred.
The Boko Haram extremist insurgency has long been active in the region.
A driver told The Associated Press he saw about 20 bodies and many burned-out vehicles. Another survivor said the convoy contained hundreds of civilians and a few dozen soldiers but only a few people reached Damboa
But the Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made the denial in a Short Message (SMS) sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Sunday.
Some reports claimed 25 soldiers were killed on Saturday when the insurgents attacked a military convoy evacuating civilians on Damboa-Biu Road.
Musa dismissed the report as “rumour and fake”.
“Contrary to rumour and fake news circulating, there was no attack on any of our troops’ locations at Sabon Gari or any other locations in Borno State.
“I have spoken with the Special Force Commander in Damboa and he confirmed to me that there was nothing of such in Damboa or any of his locations as at Friday) and Saturday,” he said. (NAN)