• Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram pre-dawn raid


    KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram militants on Monday launched a pre-dawn raid on Nigerian troops as they prepared for a major offensive to retake a town that the group’s leader declared part of his Islamic caliphate. Scores of Boko Haram fighters stormed the town of Bama as soldiers readied for an attack on the nearby town of Gwoza, which was seized by the Islamists on August 7. Bama is just 70 kilometers (45 miles) by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.



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