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Military disputes Baga casualty figures

12 January 2015, 21:30

Abuja - The military believes the casualty figures from the terror attacks in Baga Town have been inflated.

It was reported 2 000 people had been killed after the attacks the Boko Haram sect carried out since the beginning of the year in the town in Borno State.

Also read: Boko Haram: Nigeria 'needs same support as France'

“The figure given by sources who claim to be eye witnesses must be an extremely exaggerated estimate,”the Defense Director of Information Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said at a media briefing.

He said the number of people who lost their lives during that attack had so far not exceeded about 150 in the interim.

Olukolade said a number covert operations, including surveillance activities, which recorded series aerial photographs, were ongoing in that vicinity.

“It is however necessary to inform Nigerians in the interim that the exercise so far have not corroborated the report on the casualty rate which was put at 2 000 deaths.

- CAJ News


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