- The Nigerian Army has described media reports claiming Boko Haram terrorists captured Damasak down in Borno state as misleading
- According to Army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, the Nigerian troops instead neutralised the terrorists in the attack on the town
- He said the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern parts of the the country is yielding positive result
The Nigerian Army has denied some media reports claiming Boko Haram terrorists have captured Damasak down in Borno state, describing the the reports as capable of misleading members of the general public and the world at large.
Army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, in a statement sent to journalists, said the Nigerian troops instead neutralised the terrorists in the attack on the town.
According to Chukwu, a Colonel, the terrorists came to attack their location at about 6pm on Wednesday, September 12, but they were resisted.
“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 neutralizing many Boko Haram terrorists.
“Consequently, the Nigerian Army wishes to state that the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern parts of the 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, as 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,” part of the statement read.
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NAIJ.com had reported that Damasak local government area of Borno state was under crossfire between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram fighters. A competent military source told NAN that the military and the terrorists engaged in a heavy gun battle.
He said that the insurgents stormed the town to attack a military formation in the evening but they met stiff resistance from troops.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended pilots and other personnel participating in Operation Thunder Strike for their commitment, courage and doggedness in the fight against Boko Haram.
He particularly hailed them for preventing the Albarnawi group of Boko Haram terrorists from establishing a foothold in the Lake Chad Green fringes.
The CAS, who was at the headquarters of the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri to monitor the progress of Operation Thunder Strike 2, urged the young pilots to remain focused and unrelenting in their quest to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country.
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