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Military repel Boko Haram attack in Bornu



Military repel Boko Haram attack in Bornu

The military on Monday claimed it had repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters near the border with Niger. The Nigerian Army also reported casualties in the fighting which lasted almost all day.


The militants struck as the troops were on their way to the border town of Damasak where they wanted to set up a permanent base, a military source said. The army took the area back from Boko Haram last year, but has struggled to hold it.
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“The Nigerian troops have successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists who attempted an incursion into (the) 113 Battalion,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement carried by PR Nigeria, which releases government statements.


Kareto is the army’s next base in the area.


“So far our troops had two officers and 22 soldiers wounded in action,” he said without giving further details.


No further information was immediately available from the remote area which is largely disconnected from mobile phone networks.


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