The Nigerian army reportedly suffered casualties in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state on Friday.
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to the leadership of the sect, said “many” were either killed, injured or missing in the attack.
Writing via his Twitter handle on Saturday, Salkida said the soldiers were ambushed while trying to launch an attack on the insurgents in Bulagallaye, a community in Bama local government area of Borno.
He quoted military sources as saying only three of the sixteen military vehicles were recovered as of Saturday.
Salkida wrote: “Military sources said soldiers and vigilantes launched a daring attack on Boko Haram in Bulagallaye, in Bama, Borno yesterday evening, but the security forces were ambushed, close to target.
“Only three out of the 16 military vehicles in the operation have been recovered today. Scores were either killed, injured or missing in the operation, in Bama local government area.”
Scores were either killed, injured or missing in the operation, in Bama local govt area. This operational setbacks looks like #BH may still have some informants that alert them ahead of planned military campaigns, said the military source who said, "this trend MUST stop."
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) July 14, 2018
When contacted, Jude Chukwu, spokesman of the Nigerian army, told TheCable the ambush never happened.
“There was nothing like that,” he said. “No ambush on the soldiers.”