Nigerian Troops Kills 11 Boko Haram Insurgents in Northeast

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Nigeria’s military said on Friday it killed 11 Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in separate clashes and rescued 61 abducted captives in the northeast.

Troops repelled an attempt by militants to retake the northeastern town of Gwoza, which Boko Haram had named the capital of its self-styled caliphate last year, killing seven fighters, Sani Usman, a military spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

In another incident, soldiers clearing militant camps located in the villages of Bale, Gachi, Gidan, Mallemiri, Nwalemer and Trikwopta killed four militants, arrested one and freed 61 captives, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said in a post on its Facebook page.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said last month he expected Boko Haram to be defeated by the end of the year, moving back an earlier deadline of mid-November he gave to the armed forces.

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