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Soldiers killed in gunfire exchange with Boko Haram

13 July 2016, 18:50

Borno - An unspecified number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists and two soldiers have been killed during an exchange of gunfire as troops repelled an attack by the insurgents in northern Borno State.

Members of 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa repelled the attack insurgents carried out late Tuesday, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Army spokesperson, confirmed.

He said the successful repelling of the attack was made possible by support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets.

Usman said the attack which started at about 6.30pm, last three hours.

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He said the exchange of heavy gunfire inflicted “tremendous casualty” on the terrorists.

“Unfortunately, two of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while seven were wounded in action. Due to poor visibility, the number of terrorists killed could not be ascertained for now,” Usman said.

He said the bodies of the soldiers and those wounded in action were evacuated while the unit was carrying out mop up operation.

- CAJ News


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