NEWS: Metele Attack-19 Soldier's Buried In Maiduguri

Nineteen soldiers who died in the Boko Haram attack on a military base in Metele, Borno State were buried on Friday by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.

According to the the Nigerian Army, the 19 soldiers were part of the 23 soldiers lost in the attack on November 18. The army said the remaining four soldiers were not buried on Friday because their next of kin were unavailable at the time of the funeral at the Maimalari Barrack military cemetery.

Though media had reported that over 100 soldiers were lost in the attack, the military has continued to insist that 23 soldiers were killed and 31 others injured during the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion, Metele on November 18.

Those said to have fallen by the insurgents include Lt. Col. Ibrahim Sakaba and 22 soldiers.

In a graveside speech by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was represented by Maj. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief, Army Training and Operations, said the fallen soldiers were heroes.

However the remaining four are yet to be buried pending the arrival of their relatives.


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