Nigeria Military Rubbish Tales Of Boko Haram Killings In Yobe

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has refuted earlier reports in the media which claimed that over 150 people from Kukuwa-Gari village were shot dead by Boko Haram gunmen in Yobe State while many others fleeing from the gunmen drowned in Yobe River in the mid-afternoon yesterday. In a statement released today on its official site, the spokesman for the Army decribes the reports as "utterly scurrilous and very misleading." Below is a full factual report released by the army


The truth of the matter is the military got an intelligence report concerning a
planned attack by Boko Haram on Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe State. Following the tip-
off, troops and civilian JTF laid ambush between Kukuwatashi and Kukuwa-Gari
villages. The insurgents ran into them and a gun-battle ensued in which four Boko
Haram members and one civilian JTF lost their lives. At the end of the encounter, 2 x AK 47 rifles and 2 x motorcycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists were recovered from them.
The Armed Forces therefore implore the media to always seek clarification of stories
before going to press as most of these unsubstantiated reports tend to embolden or
encourage the terrorists to believe they are invincible, thus instilling perpetual fear in
the minds of the citizens, especially, those in the contested areas of the North East.
The military is doing all within its power to protect lives and property of Nigerians in any
part of the country and thus, solicits cooperation and understanding of the media to be
partners in progress in this noble task.

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