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One soldier killed in Boko Haram invasion of Borno town

Insurgents on Saturday attacked a village few kilometers away from Askira Uba.

The army says one soldier was killed and two others sustained injury in its repulsion of a terrorist attack on village few kilometres away from Askira Uba in Borno.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relation, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Colonel Ado Isa issued a statement saying the attackers arrived in 15 trucks allegedly from Sambisa Forest and were repelled by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
He said one soldier had died in the encounter while two others sustained injuries.

He said, “Troops captured four gun trucks from the criminals while some additional gun trucks were also destroyed by the Air Task Force that responded swiftly. Scores of the terrorists were killed and over 20 terrorists’ dead bodies were counted.”

“Additionally, three boxer motorcycles, three Anti Aircraft Guns,  two PKT Machine Guns, 10 AK 47 Rifles and 13 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs as well as a large cache of ammunition and other weapons were captured from the terrorists among others.”

Earlier reports are of insurgents moving in a convoy on Saturday to attack the village.

An eye witness said the attackers suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group carried assault rifles and gained access into the town ‘smoothly’ on Saturday evening.

According to the witness, the attackers pressed toward the village with determination and did not encounter resistance.

The insurgents were said to have performed the Adhan – the Muslim call to prayer – loudly in the village, the witness added.

There were conflicting reports on casualty figures and whether or not the insurgents have fled.

But a witness confirmed that two attackers, a soldier and a hunter were suspected to have been killed.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the military’s response.

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