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BREAKING: Nigerian Army lied, We Killed 17 Soldiers, Not Four— ISWAP Speaks On Borno Community Attack

We sighted the ISWAP fighters in a long convoy of gun trucks, said some civilians.The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, a backed faction of Boko Haram says 17 Nigerian soldiers were killed during an attack on Askira, Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.Our source had reported that ISWAP fighters on Saturday engaged in a gun battle with the Nigerian troops at a military base in the Borno State community.Some civilians had said they sighted the ISWAP fighters in a long convoy of gun trucks along Ngude axis towards Askira.The civilians further stated that they reported the movement of the terrorists to security forces but no action was taken before the deadly group stormed Askira town hours later.Hours after the incident, Director, Army Public Relations, Nwachukwu Onyema in a statement said a Brigadier General and three other soldiers were killed.While he identified the slain senior officer as Zirkusu Dxarma, the army spokesperson was muted on the identities of the junior officers killed.Identities Of Four Nigerian Soldiers Killed Alongside Army Commander, Brig Gen Zirkusu By ISWAP Terrorists 36 Comments1 Day AgoHowever, ISWAP in a statement released on Sunday night claimed 17 soldiers were killed.According to the ISWAP, 13 soldiers were killed when its fighters attacked troops at a military base in Askira town while four others including Brigadier General Zirkus were killed during an ambush at Bulguma, a few kilometres from Askira.The group added that it razed down the Askira Uba army camp, a four-wheel vehicle and an armoured vehicle parked inside the base.The militants also said another vehicle, a tank, different weapons, and ammunition were captured during the incident.Since the death of the former leader Abubakar Shekau, The sect’s membership has swollen with the defection of many of Boko Harams.The dangerous group has caused over 70,000 untimely deaths and displaced millions of individuals mainly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, states.

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