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Boko Haram attack on a village in Borno state repelled: Nigeria’s security official

LAGOS, Nigeria – Government forces in Nigeria repelled an attack by Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group on Tuesday night. According to a senior government official on Wednesday, the shooting occurred on a village in the restive northeastern state of Borno.

The state governor Babagana Zulum told media group after a visit to the affected village that a group of Boko Haram terrorists attempted to infiltrate Kotori village in the Konduga area, but were repelled by troops deployed in the area,

The governor praised the soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole who repelled the coordinated attacks, saying the state government would strengthen civilian forces and local hunters to complement efforts of the military and other security agencies.

Governor Zulum did not speak about casualties on both sides but reiterated his call to the insurgents to surrender for de-radicalization and reintegration into society.

For the past decade, the northeast region of Nigeria has been destabilized by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which most notoriously kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014.

According to its agenda, the Boko Haram seeks to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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