Nigerian troops have been fighting with the Boko Haram militants over control of northeastern town of Mallam Fatori, the army said on Wednesday.

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In a statement released by army spokesman Sani Usman, the army had made a push to take Mallam Fatori when Boko Haram moved in reinforcements.

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“The troops killed several of the Boko Haram terrorists in the resulting encounter and subsequently had to withdraw to a vantage position,” he said. No more details were immediately available. “The operation is continuing.”
Mallam Fatori, is a remote town near Lake Chad.

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