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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Nigeria says exacts heavy casualties on Boko Haram insurgents       

LAGOS, (Xinhua) -- Boko Haram insurgents have suffered heavy casualties following an overnight attempt to invade Gulak, a town in Nigeria’s northeast state of Adamawa, local officials said Tuesday.

The insurgents engaged the military in several hours’ battle as they attempted to enter the town Monday evening.

Yusuf Mohammed, chairman of Madagali Local Government Area, confirmed to Xinhua that the insurgents suffered heavy casualties, but he declined to give an exact number.

He said two women, one 70 and the other 30, were hit by stray bullets while trying to escape.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Abubakar, a councillor representing Gulak Ward, told reporters that residents who escaped are now turning back home.

“I am not in the town, but I am now on my way back home, just about 49 kilometers to Gulak,” Abubakar said. “I have spoken to my wife in Gulak who said the family is back home with the return of normalcy.”

Nigeria has made considerable gains against the terror group, dislodging Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group’s largest training camp in the country, early this year.

Boko Haram has been blamed for the death of more than 20,000 people and displacing of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.

           

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