The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops at Baga, Borno State, has denied claims the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists killed 10 soldiers during an attack on the troops.
MNJTF is a combined multinational formation, comprising units from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria
Reports had emerged on Thursday that ISWAP fighters had launched a dawn attack on Monday against the base near Baga in the Lake Chad area, setting off fierce gun battles that killed about 10 Nigerian and five Chadian troops.
However, MNJTF’s Chief of Military Public Information, Col. Timothy Antigha, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, dismissed the reports as untrue.
Antigha said the report was a desperate attempt by certain individuals to promote falsehood.
He said that the very last engagement between the MNJTF and ISWAP was on July 29 when ISWAP lost 10 terrorists, including 4 suicide bombers and equipment.
Antigha added that it was surprising that fake news reflecting much more than the opposite was being circulated.
“The general 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.