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Nigerian Troops Repel Insurgents, After Firefight In Sabon Gari

Troops of Nigerian Army on Tuesday repelled an attack by insurgents on their position in Sabon Gari, about 50 kilometres south of Damboa town, in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

HumAngle understands that the Nigerian Army 254 Task Force Battalion is stationed in Sabon Gari located along Damboa-Biu road.

Security sources informed this newspaper that the troops fought back when the insurgents launched the attack. There was a gun duel leading to casualties and recovering of weapons from the insurgents, sources further said.

The axis is within the area of operation of the 25 Task Force Brigade (Army Super Camp 2) located in Damboa.

Damboa Local Government is located in the southern part of Borno State and close to the dreaded Alagarno forest and Timbuktu Triangle.

The Local Government headquarters, Damboa is 87km from Maiduguri, the state capital.

More than half of the population in Damboa are internally displaced persons and nearly all need humanitarian assistance.

In September 2020, Dahiru Bako, the Brigade Commander 25 Task Force Brigade based was ambushed alongside his troops around Sabon Gari-Wajirokom.

The senior officer later died in a hospital after undergoing a medical procedure.

Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP ) has staged multiple attacks against troops in the Damboa Local Government axis.

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