The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole – the military operation fighting insurgency in the northeast – has denied reports claiming that 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing after a blitz by Islamist terrorists Boko Haram.
Nigerian media was awash with reports that a military base in Yobe was sacked after an ambush by Boko Haram Saturday.
The reports also claim that eight out of 11 trucks deployed to clear insurgents from the village are also missing after the ambush.
However, the army has dismissed the claims, noting that only one soldier was injured in the skirmish.
Major General Nicholas Rogers said Monday that there was no incident in Boboshe but rather that troops only carried out operations along Kwakwa and Bula Naglin areas, also in Borno State.
He explained that during the operation, some of the military vehicles were bugged down due to bad roads, during which the insurgents came on two occasions to attack but were repelled by the joint efforts of troops of the Nigerian Air Force and Army.
He however added that one officer and a soldier were injured, with over 22 Boko Haram members killed during the incident, while some of the bugged down vehicles have been recovered and more troops deployed to the area.