Nigerian Troops Kill 53 Insurgents During Fighting in Borno

The Nigerian army said it killed 53 insurgents who attacked military positions in Damboa in northeastern state Borno.

Six soldiers also died in the July 4 fighting, Nigerian military spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said late yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“The terrorists had stormed the troops’ bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages,” he said.

Nigerian security forces are struggling to contain a five-year rebellion by Islamist militia Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in its campaign to impose Shariah law on Africa’s biggest oil producer. The group is most active in three northeastern states including Borno, where the government has enforced emergency rule since May 2013. It has also carried out bomb attacks in the capital, Abuja, and kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeast in April.

In a separate attack in Borno state on July 4, a suicide bomber killed himself and four others when he drove a car into a security checkpoint in the Konduga district.

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