Islamic State said it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack in north-eastern Borno state with a Nigerian Army spokesman saying “no such incident was recorded.”
In a statement issued through its news agency Amaq, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it referred to as Tdmari. It said the attack was two days ago.
The Nigerian Army spokesman insisted the “situation in the north east has been calm for some time now. The Nigerian Army is consolidating efforts and successes are being achieved.”
Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split from Islamist group Boko Haram in 2016, carried out attacks in north-east Nigeria in the last few months.
Borno is worst hit by Islamist insurgents whose attacks on Nigerian military bases in the last few months made security a key issue in a just concluded presidential election won by incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.