At least nine Boko Haram militants killed in botched attack in Borno state: army

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Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga on August 2, 2019. - Intense fighting between a regional force and the Islamic State group in West Africa (ISWAP) has resulted in dozens of deaths, including at least 25 soldiers and more than 40 jihadists, in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 in part due to its rejection of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Last year the group witnessed a reported takeover by more hardline fighters who sidelined its leader and executed his deputy. The IS-affiliate has since July 2018 ratcheted up a campaign of attacks against military targets. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

At least nine militants of the Islamist group Boko Haram were killed by Nigerian security forces on Tuesday following a botched attempt to attack the state capital of Borno, Maiduguri, the Nigerian army said.

Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base. (Photo credit AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a statement by Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the militants suffered “heavy” casualties as “many” escaped the incident with gunshot wounds.

“The terrorists, who tried to advance from Aldawari axis, attempted to attack soft targets along Jiddari Polo, were countered by combined gallant troops in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, Youth Vigilante and hunters leading to terrorists withdrawal in disarray,” the statement read in part.

The army said it recovered a Buffalo gun truck, three motorcycles and a range of weapons which included machine guns, AK-47 rifles, an improvised explosive device (IED) and a rocket-propelled gun.

The army further requested members of the public to remain calm assuring them of their security during the remainder of the holy month of Ramadan.

Nigeria has been battling an insurgency by Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the north and northeast for over a decade. The conflict has killed at least 36,000 people and left millions of others displaced in the northeast and the general Lake Chad Basin.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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