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Nigerian military denies burying 1000 troops in unmarked, secret graves

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Nigerian military Thursday said the Wall Street Journal’s report that it buried bodies of more than 1000 Nigerian troops in secret graves in the northeast of the country was “uninformed”.

“It must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces of Nigeria does not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and profanity to extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military,” DHQ spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement.

Wall Street Journal, citing diplomatic sources, a senior government official, families of some dead troops and a soldier stationed at Maimalari Barrack in Borno State, said the soldiers killed by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West African Province insurgents were buried in unmarked graves at night.

It said the more than 1000 soldiers were killed between the summer of 2018 when ISWAP began its attacks on military targets and 2019.

ISWAP still claimed it attacked Nigerian troops in two attacks earlier this week.

The WSJ report gained traction in Nigerian more than 24 hours after the Nigerian government said it has defeated the real “Boko Haram”.

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