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Troops repel Boko Haram attack on Borno town

BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Troops have on Thursday repelled what would have been a major attack on Benesheik town by suspected members of the Boko Haram.

It was gathered that the insurgents first blocked the highway with the intent of killing unsuspecting passengers but security operatives engaged them in fierce exchange of gunfire.

It was not clear if the attackers succeeded in killing anybody.

Mallam Hussaini Musa, a civil servant who passed through Beneshiek along Maiduguri Damaturu road yesterday said he saw five corpses dumped by the roadside which witnesses said are those of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“From what I leant, soldiers from the outskirt of Beneshiek and others from Auno intervened and averted what would have been a major onslaught,” he said.

In the past, many people have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents at Beneshiek while dozens of houses, the Council secretariat and other public and private estates buildings have been destroyed

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