Army Denies ISIS Killed 30 Soldiers

The Nigerian Army has refuted the claim that ISIS killed 30 soldiers in an ambush in the North-East. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations for the counter-insurgency campaign, named Operation Lafiya Dole, said this in a statement. He dismissed the alleged attack as a media propaganda. “The graphic images used to support the article were closely studied and lacked nexus to any recent operational engagements of Operation Lafiya Dole”, the statement said. “It is very pertinent to state that the photographs culled were not a reflection of recent operational encounters of Operation Lafiya Dole”. He said the graphic images were a “bundle of unprofessionally packaged falsehood, aimed to misinform and create fear in the people and build an aura of false potency around the terrorists’’. He said the army has debilitated the insurgents. “Apart from neutralising their hideouts on the fringes of the Nigerian-Nigerien border through coordinated air and artillery bombardments, troops recently killed 2 fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush at Futchinam village in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe. “The troops also killed 3 insurgents in another ambush in Lingir village where they recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, 5 magazines and 11 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition. “Troops have dominated the theatre of operation and have denied Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action,” Nwachukwu said. (NAN)

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