The Nigerian Army has in a statement refuted claims that the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) killed 40 soldiers in an attack on Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJFT) troops at Baga, Borno State.
The statement described the alleged Monday killing reported by the media but not on Naija News, as completely unfounded and being sponsored by peddlers of fake news.
This was made known in a statement released on Friday by the spokesman for the MNJTF, Timothy Antigha.
The statement obtained by Naija News said that the fake news is been promoted by certain individuals to promote falsehood, adding that the story was “completely unfounded.”
He said the July 29 face-off between the troops and ISWAP left the terrorists bloodied as 10 of their members including four suicide bombers were killed.
Antigha also noted that ISWAP also lost equipment during the encounter, and wondered why news reflecting “much more than the opposite was being circulated.”
“The public is therefore alerted and advised not to be misled by purveyors of fake news. ISWAP and their collaborators are down and haemorrhaging, hence the desperation to declare victory where no action took place,” he said.