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Troops kill 12 Boko Haram fighters: military

21 December 2015, 08:53

Lagos - Nigerian troops have killed 12 Boko Haram fighters and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the hardline Islamist group, a military spokesman said.

"As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops... conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno state", Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement late Sunday.

He said the soldiers "killed three suspected Boko Haram terrorists (who) had been terrorising the communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa," on Sunday.

Also read: Boko Haram staged 100 attacks in 2 months

"Among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorist Ameer (leader) in Bulayaga," he said.

Usman said a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the jihadists.

He said a second encounter with the insurgents in Mainari village also on Sunday "led to the killing of nine terrorists and recovery of weapons which include four AK-47s and one pump action gun."



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