- The Nigerian army says the report that six soldiers were killed recently is both false and mischievous
- Col Onyema Nwachukwu said two bombers actually entered Pulka but that while one was killed, the other detonated the IED killing two people and injuring two others
- He said the security organisation sympathises with the families of the deceased
The Nigerian army has dismissed a report that six soldiers were killed recently in a bomb attack at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Pulka community of Gwoza local government area of Borno.
According to the military, the report is not only misleading, but fictitious the story which said the six soldiers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush on Damboa Road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Col Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director of the army public relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, as stating this in an interview in Maiduguri.
The report said Nwachukwu disclosed that two bombers infiltrated Pulka town on Monday, December 11, and one of them was neutralised by the troops, while the other one detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) in the town, killing two persons and injuring two others.
He further said that a military vehicle stepped on an IED device planted on Damboa Road on Sunday, noting that two soldiers lost their lives in the incident.
“The incident in Pulka occurred inside the town and not at the IDPs camp. The gallant troops neutralised one of the attackers even before causing harm to any one, while the other bomber detonated the explosive killing two persons and injuring two others.
“There was no ambush by the insurgents on our troops. The soldiers were involved in an IED explosion accident when their vehicle stepped on the device planted on the road.
“Two soldiers were involved in the incident; there was no ambush, no ammunition carted away or six soldiers killed, as being erroneously reported. It is a misrepresentation of facts,” he said.
NAIJ.com learnt that Nwachukwu said that the military authorities had sympathised with the victims of the bomb attack in Pulka, and reiterated its commitment to the protection of lives and property.
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“Security and peace building is a collective responsibility; I call on community and religious leaders to mobilise their people and cooperate with the military in the fight against insurgency.
“Boko Haram insurgents do not wear uniform to easily identify them. People must be vigilant to report suspicious persons and contribute to the restoration of peace in the region,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported Channels Television as stating how not less than three people were on Monday, December 11, killed by Boko Haram terrorists while seven others sustained injuries at an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Pulka, Borno state.
The report said Pulka is a town in Gwoza local government of the state and which is 135 kilometres away from Maiduguri.
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