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BREAKING: Many feared dead as Nigerian troops, Boko Haram battle in Borno

​At least 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Borno on Friday, December 30 as Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Boko Haram terrorists engaged in prolonged fierce battle in Borno State.

Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES the battle ensued at 6 a.m this morning and did not end until after 9 a.m.

Our sources said the battle began when fighters of the terror group launched a surprise attack on troops location in Rann, in northern Borno, shooting sporadically.

Troops from 3 Battalion and 112 Task Force Battalion are stationed in the area, our sources said.

The soldiers responded promptly, killing an unknown number of the terrorists, and wounding several others.

The battle raged for over two hours, and when the dust settled, several terrorists were found dead.

One of our sources said more than 15 of the Boko Haram fighters were killed in action.

Another said the figure was much higher, saying many other terrorists escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.

Both sources however said four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action, adding that authorities had since contacted the nearby 22 Brigade to send air ambulance to evacuate a critically injured soldier.

Our sources gave arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists to include two AK47 rifles, four FN rifles, one M21 rifle, 110 X 7.62MM NATO ammunition, 20 X 7.62MM special,, 40 X M21 rounds, 4 X FN extra magazine and two locally made explosives.

Friday’s battle is the first since the military overpowered and chased the Boko Haram sect from the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a fortress from where the group launched attacks on Nigeria for years.

It also came a day after the leader of the terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, claiming his group had not been defeated.

The Army immediately shot back, saying the video by Mr. Shekau was a piece of propaganda that should be disregarded.

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BREAKING NEWS! Suicide Bombers Attack Cow Market In Maiduguri

​An attempt by two suicide bombers to inflict significant damage on Kasuwa Shanu market in Maiduguri did not succeed as the attackers only succeeded in killing themselves, Saharareporters learned.

One of the suicide bombers blew up about 8:30 am on boxing day, Monday, December 26, while a second bomber was arrested before he could detonate a suicide vest wrapped around his body.

A livestock market
A livestock market

The attack came less than 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared a major victory against Boko Haram insurgents. On Christmas Day. The Nigerian President had announced the fall of the last enclave of Boko Haram militants in Sambisa forests to Nigerian troops in a widely circulated statement. 

Source: Saharareporters 

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Breaking! James Ibori Released From Prison 

​Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has been released from prison.

James Ibori
James Ibori, Delta state former governor

He was released a few minutes past noon upon a court order. His media aide, Mr. Tony Elumenor confirmed the release to Vanguard.

Ibori was sentenced by a United Kingdom court to prison for 13 years and served out his term midnight yesterday.

Expectation of his return home to Nigeria, however, remains murky as friends and associates many of who are gathered in London deliberate on the future of the former governor.

Source: Vanguard