The Nigerian Army has confirmed one of the the deadliest attacks by Boko Haram on its troops with the known casualty figures rising as high as a hundred slain soldiers.
The Army in a statement on Friday said the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion at Matele indeed took place.
“Whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18
November 2018, it has however, become necessary to correct several
misinformation being circulated with regards to this unfortunate event,”
the statement read in part.
Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in
this era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of
these videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent
of the terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as
what they are not.
The army explained that its delay in relaying the incident was because
of procedural issues on having to inform the next of kin of affected
troops before going public with such information.
Whiles claiming there was misinformation in figures and videos currently
circulating on social media, the army failed to provide a casualty
figure. They also urged against spread of Boko Haram propaganda
“Furthermore, it suffices to observe that several social media, print
and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures as
well as circulating various footages of old and inaccurate BHT
propaganda videos and alluding same to be the attack on 157 Task Force
“Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in this
era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of these
videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent of the
terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as what
they are not.
“So far, the situation is that the location is under control as
reinforcing units have been able to repel the terrorists and stabilize
the situation,” the statement added.
Meanwhile the local news portal, The Nation Nigeria quotes an unnamed
soldier that escaped the attack as saying an advanced team of the
insurgents came into the based as friendly forces and went into the
office of the commander where they fired at him and five other soldiers
that were with him in his office.
The Army command in Maiduguri have evacuated bodies of soldiers killed
by Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday at Metele village in Guzamala Local
Government Area of North Borno State, the portal added.
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