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07/07/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Saturday June 27th, at least 10 soldiers and 20 insurgents were killed in a gun fight, following the ambush of troops by Boko Haram in Borno State. A source said, “the incident took place around Bokko settlement in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state, with 10 others seriously injured while some soldiers are missing up till now.” The troops were said to be heading to their base at Ngoshe town when the attack occurred. One of the eyewitnesses a passenger who managed to escape the attack said, “Several members of Boko Haram sect laid ambush along Damboa road at about 2pm and opened fire on military escort vehicles.  This led to exchange of gunfire, a situation that left many victims to flee into the bush for safety.”

A member of the CJTF (Civilian Joint Task Force) confirmed to Vanguard that over 20 terrorists and nine soldiers died in the attack. The CJTF member said, “during the clash, more than 20 terrorists were killed.  Unfortunately, we also lost nine of our soldiers that were escorting travelers from Maiduguri to Damboa.” The attackers had also gone away with patrol vehicle belonging to our vigilante operatives who were also part of the escort team. Other motorists who maneuvered and made a U-turn back to Maiduguri said the attackers did not confront civilian travelers. The continuing battle in Nigeria is now spilling across international borders with deaths taking place in Cameroon, Niger and Chad. There have also been known attacks in Burkina Faso.

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