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Military dismisses report on alleged Boko Haram defeat of troops

By News Express on 19/11/2015

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The Nigerian molotary this evening dismissed as a fabrication, a report in an online medium (not News Express) claiming that troops of 157 Task Force Battalion were overran by the Boko Haram terrorists in Guzamala axis of Borno State and that several personnel were killed and several others cannot be accounted for, including the Commanding Officer of the Unit. The report also went ahead to claim that the troops lost of equipment to the terrorists.

“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,” Media Coordinator Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Tukur Ismail Gusau, said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

Colonel Gusau admitted that “the unit suffered some casualties, which is normal in military operations,” but explained that “the affected personnel sustained minor injuries but no gunshot wound was sustained by the troops.”

According to him, “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 desire.”

•Photo shows Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. AG Olonisakin.

Source News Express

Posted 19/11/2015 7:45:33 PM

 

 

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