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74 militants killed in Nigeria

Published: 26th October 2013 01:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th October 2013 01:17 AM   |  A+A-

By IANS

The Nigerian army said Friday that 74 suspected Boko Haram militants were killed after a raid on their camps in Galangi and Lawanti villages on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.

The raids were conducted by the 7 Division of the Nigerian army Thursday, Xinhua reported quoting army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Dole as saying.

"In continuation of the ongoing offensive operations against terrorists, the troops of 7 Division destroyed Boko Haram camps in Galangi and Lawanti villages within Mainok general area of Borno Thursday," he said.

"The operations involved ground and aerial assault supported by the Nigerian Air Force. It led to the destruction of the identified terrorists camps killing 74 suspected militants, while others fled with serious injuries," he added.

"Two Isuzu Tiger pick up vehicles and five Hilux vans belonging to the militants were destroyed," he said, adding, two soldiers were also wounded during the operations.

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