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Nigeria Troops Beat Terror Attack, Kill 19 Insurgents

Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday repelled an attack from ISWAP in Rann, Borno, Northeast Nigeria.

Nigerian troops on Tuesday thwarted an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in Rann, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria after launching aerial and ground offensives against the insurgents.

Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge local government, is adjacent Cameroon.

The area has experienced repeated attacks and fierce clashes between Nigerian troops, Boko Haram, and ISWAP.

After a fierce battle, the troops with Air Task Force combat aircraft support were reported to have killed 19 insurgents in five gun trucks.

According to PRNigeria, the insurgents approached Rann around 6 pm in eight gun trucks and several motorbikes in an attempt to ambush the 3 Brigade base.

“During the attack, five gun trucks belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists were destroyed, including the occupants,” the newspaper quoted a source as said.

“Many terrorists were eliminated during the air interdiction and ground attacks executed by troops. At least 19 battered bodies of Boko Haram fighters littered the scene, with the destroyed gun trucks, apart from others in the bush,” a source in the paper.”

Access to Rann is mostly through helicopters and areas outside the town are considered dangerous.

The over a decade-old conflict has killed over 30,000 people and displaced more than 2 million people.

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