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Boko Haram Suffer Heavy Casualty As lt Engages Nigerian Soldiers In Damasak

Valentine Chinyem

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Sporadic gunshots were heard on Thursday in Damasak, Borno State, after members of the Boko Haram sect, tried to overrun a military base.

According to earlier reports, which said the terrorist sect succeeded in taken over the base, the Nigerian Army has come out to debunk that claim.

Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, while confirming the attack on the military formation, said, indeed the terrorists tried to attack troops stationed at Damasak, but the were outmatched by the superior firepower of the soldiers.

He said: “The troops engaged and subdued the terrorists following a superior fire power of troops in DAMASAK.

“The troops aggressive posture, tactics and marksmanship resulted in neutralising many Boko Haram terrorists.”

Going further, Gen. Chukwu said the sect suffered heavy casualties, not otherwise as state by the media outlet which reported the attack earlier, adding that, “the claim is not only untrue but capable of misleading members of the general public and the world at large”.

“In the said story, the report stated inter alia, that Damasak is the location of 134 Battalion. The Nigerian Army wishes to state that there was no such battalion in Damasak.

“The Nigerian Army earlier released a statement that troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State, are engaging Boko Haram terrorists who came to attack their location at about 6 p.m on 12 September, 2018.

“The statement also stated that fierce battle is ongoing right now and the troops are dealing with the terrorists.

“Consequently, the Nigerian Army wishes to state that the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern parts of the country is yielding positive result.

“The Nigerian Army, therefore, advised members of the public, particularly residents of the affected areas, to go about their legitimate businesses and disregard the said report.

“The Nigerian Army will continue to protect lives and property of citizens at all times.

“The Nigerian Army also call on the media to always exercise caution, verify facts as well as balance their reports before rushing to the press to avoid misinforming the public on sensitive issues.”

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