The Nigerian Army on Sunday denied the alleged killing of 30 soldiers by Boko Haram at Zari village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State on Friday.
An international wire service had reported that troops deployed in Zari in Guzamala Local Government Area were killed when Boko Haram lunched a deadly attack on the village on Thursday evening.
According to the report, scores of jihadists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village, in northern Borno State, late on Thursday and briefly seized it after a fierce battle in which 30 soldiers were killed.
But Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, denied the report in a phone interview with NAN on Sunday.
He said the alleged killing was the “figment of the imagination of the news agency”.
Chukwu said contrary to the claim, the insurgents did not attack any military formation but rather came to loot foodstuffs and extort money from the locals.
He said the insurgents were repelled by the land troops of 82 Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole, who were closely supported by the Air Task Force.
He said: “During the fire-fight, overwhelming volume of fire was unleashed on the insurgents from both the air and ground troops, neutralising several of them and their weapons.