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Army debunks reports, says no place taken over by Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Army has debunked reports that over four towns in Adamawa State have been taken over by the terrorists group, Boko Haram.

The claim, according to the Nigerian Army, is not true.

“Categorically, no town in Adamawa, Borno or Yobe state is under the control of the insurgents,” it said in a statement issued by its Deputy Director, Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.

The Army said unfortunately, the alarming reports had generated undue panic amongst the general public and therefore needed to be addressed.

The Army explained the situation:  “In straightening the records, troops were alerted to an attack on Shuwa by Boko Haram terrorists who had infiltrated the village through Karchinga on a looting mission, to which the troops of 143 Battalion swiftly responded by moblising themselves to Shuwa Village, where they fiercely engaged the insurgents in combat and successfully repelled the attack and curtailed the incursion.

“The troops, who recovered one Hand Grenade and 6 rounds of Anti Aircraft ammunition after the encounter are currently holding grounds in Shuwa Village, while some elements of the Battalion are exploiting further in pursuit of the fleeing insurgents.

“Sadly, before the arrival of troops to the location, the insurgents had killed 3 persons, looted and torched a shop, a health care centre and a local market.

“It is pertinent to further inform that calm has been restored in Shuwa village, while Madagali, Michika, Gulak and Baza towns remain peaceful and firmly under control of the troops.”

The security agency however said it was saddened over “those who fell during the attack and those who have been affected in one way or the other by the incident.”