4 January 2013

Nigeria: JTF Repels Attack On Troops in Borno

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order in Borno said on Thursday that it repelled an attack by unknown gunmen in Marte Local Government Area of the state.

JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the attack was targeted at the 21 Brigade, Nigerian Army troops in the area. "This is to confirm that at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, gunmen attacked the 21 Brigade troops' location in Marte. In the process, one soldier and one police man lost their lives," Musa said.

He, however, said that five of the attackers were killed in the shootout. Musa said that several items, including two AK 47 rifles and a locally made double barrel gun, were recovered. "Others are three loaded magazines with 35 rounds of ammunition," Musa said.

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