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Army repels attack in Borno state

Some insurgents were killed, the army said after
the militants were driven back.
Local people told the BBC they had seen the
militants retreat and calm had been restored.
The attack came after three people were killed in
a suicide attack in neighbouring Gombe state on
Tuesday.
Residents of Biu, the largest town in Borno South,
say they woke up to the sounds of heavy
explosions and sustained gunfire.
One resident said Boko Haram militants had
entered the town firing guns around 06:30 local
time (05:30 GMT), leading some residents to flee.
Army spokesman Chris Olukolade says some
militants were killed and others captured
Residents who stayed saw the army, which has
often been accused of retreating in the face of
Boko Haram attacks, engage the militants in
intense battle.
Nigerian army spokesman Chris Olukolade said
the military had killed some of the insurgents,
taking their weapons, and had captured five of
them alive.
Another resident of Biu said calm had now been
restored and that although shops were still
closed, people were venturing out again.
Refugee hub
Biu is reported to host large numbers of refugees
who have fled towns taken over by Boko Haram.
Borno state, which is in the north-east of the
country bordering on Chad and Cameroon, has
been at the forefront of Boko Haram attacks in
recent months.
The militants have captured a number of cities
and are reported to control large parts of the
state. Senator Maina Maaji Lawan, who represents
Borno North, recently told the BBC at least 70% of
the area he represents was in the hands of Boko
Haram.
The fighting caps a week of violence with two
suspected child suicide bombers in a crowded
market on Sunday and an unspecified number of
people killed when Boko Haram stormed the town
of Baga.
Nigeria is to hold elections next month, amid
growing doubts whether they can successfully go
ahead in all parts of the country.

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