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38 insurgents killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attack: military

English.news.cn   2014-01-10 00:07:03            

ABUJA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 38 insurgents were killed on Thursday when security operatives repelled an attack launched by suspected Boko Haram members in Damboa area of northeast Nigeria's Borno State, a military spokesperson told Xinhua.

Many other attackers fled with various degrees of injury due to the gallantry of the Nigerian troops who got timely information about the attack, said Col. Mohammed Dole, mouthpiece of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, capital of the northern state.

A soldier was killed during the gun fight, he said, adding two other soldiers sustained bullet injuries.

According to the army spokesman, three vehicles -- one laden with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), another loaded with 200 bags of food stuff and a Mitsubishi truck -- were recovered during the operation.

"Likewise, a large cache of assorted arms of high caliber weapons and ammunition comprising of General Purpose Machine (GMP) guns, Light Machine (LM) guns and two AK 47 rifles were seized," Dole said.

The military, comprising ground soldiers and air force aircraft, have joined efforts to comb the area for other fleeing insurgents, he added.

The Nigerian forces have been raiding militant camps and launching air and ground attacks on suspected hideouts of the militants over the past two months.

On Dec. 30, at least 63 Boko Haram fighters were killed in raids by the Nigerian army following a recent pre-dawn attacks on a military barracks in Bama town by the militant sect.

Less than two weeks ago, more than 50 Boko Haram members were killed in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the restive state.

Borno State, located in Nigeria's northeast region, is a flashpoint of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its insurgency targeting churches, security facilities, schools and villages.

Editor: Fu Peng
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