The Army Headquarters has debunk what it describes as unsubstantiated reports on social media suggesting that terrorists attacked UN Base in BORNO, trapping 25 Aid Workers as published by some outlets
In a statement by the Director public relations and information, brigadier general mohammed yerima says The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE routed out the Terrorists and their Islamic State of West Africa Province(ISWAP) counterpart who attempted to infiltrate and attack Dikwa town in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The statement adds that terrorist groups who stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles were visited with heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations of the Nigerian Army and aided by air support of Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
The terrorists attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.
In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, the Terrorists planted series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops.
It says false and sensational reports are clearly aimed at stirring up tension in the region and diminishing the glaring efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.
The COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended the efforts of the troops’ and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.