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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Nigerian Army Holds Private Burial For 100 Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram


The Nigerian Army has organised a private burial for over 100 officers and soldiers killed during terrorist attacks on Nigerian Army 157 Task Force Battalion last month.
Punch newspaper quotes one of the widows of the officers as saying that the burial would take place in Maiduguri on Friday.
It was, however, learnt that the army wanted the event to be private so that the real number of slain soldiers will not be known.
One of the widows who did not wish to be identified said, “I was invited for the burial of my husband with a few others this Friday in Maiduguri.
“Sincerely, we don ’t even know how many will be buried and the army is not giving us any information.”
A colonel, who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity, said the army decided to make the burial private in order to hide the true casualty figure.
He said, “Gen Buratai said only 23 soldiers were killed in the attack. He also put the number of troops wounded in action at 31. However, we all know that is not true. Over 100 were killed and a private burial is now being organised in order not to expose their lies.”

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