Military blames locals for ambush of troops

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THE Military has indicted locals sympathetic to the Boko Haram terrorists for leaking the movement of troops to the insurgents which led to the death of soldiers in an ambush in Gorgi, Borno State.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who briefed journalists on latest developments after the March 23 ambush, said that a Team was sent to carry out an After Action Procedure to reconfirm the casualties and activate required medical evacuation, among other actions.

He said that contrary to the number of casualties given earlier, the Team has confirmed that the number soldiers killed in the ambush is 29 and not 47 as earlier believed, 39 were wounded as against 15that was reported.

According to him, “following the encounter between Armed Forces of Nigeria and insurgents in Op LAFIYA DOLE at Gorgi between 21 and 23 March 2020, a Team was sent to carry out the due operational After Action Procedure, which include; reconfirmation of casualties and immediate medical evacuation required among others.

“After the exercise, the Team made the following findings; Twenty Nine (29) Nigerian Troops were killed in action and Thirty Nine (39) were wounded in action, as a result of the explosion of the truck carrying logistics and ammunition resupply for the fighting echelon. This is contrary to the figures from the first contact situation report of Forty Seven (47) killed in action and Fifteen (15) wounded in action.

“This is a common occurrence during combat operations due to the fog of war, encounters or conflicts, when first contact reports are released to higher quarters in contemporary times, in order to counter false reports and fake news by mischief makers.

“The Team also found a casualty of over One Hundred (100) Boko Haram Terrorists neutralized as the result of direct fire action and encounter with the gallant troops of the Land Component of the Armed Forces of Nigeria during the clearance of Gorgi. This figure is against the scores given during the briefing, Five Hundred (500) and Two Hundred (200) respectively provided by secondary sources”.

He added that, “ultimately, the Land Component of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in Operation LAFIYA DOLE successfully cleared Gorgi and dealt a heavy blow on the enemy, and the end state of clearing Gorgi was achieved.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby assures the general public that it will remain committed to tackling the security challenges in the country to ensure that the Country is peaceful”.

The Nation

– March 27, 2020 @ 15:07 GMT

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