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Gunfire As Nigerian Army Waves Off Terrorists

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“On entering the city, the attackers split into smaller groups – heading for the barracks, the university and an area where civil servants live,” noted another witness.


The militants failed in an attempt to free colleagues held in the barracks, an army spokesman said.


Defence ministry spokesman, Chris Olukolade, said the attackers had suffered “heavy casualties” in their attempt to free detainees.


He said four soldiers had been wounded.


The Militants are suspected to be Al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram which has killed thousands in an almost five-year-long insurgency aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the religiously diverse country of about 170 million people.


Attacks have intensified in recent weeks despite a state of emergency being declared in north-eastern Nigeria last year.


Boko Haram is the biggest security threat in Africa’s top oil exporter and the continent’s second biggest economy.


More than 2,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram violence in the last six months, security sources say.


Credit: Reuters, BBC Africa

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