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7 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria's Borno State: military

ABUJA, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least seven Boko Haram fighters were killed in the latest clampdown against the militant sect in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the military said here on Tuesday.

Mohammed Dole, army spokesperson in the restive northern state, told reporters that vehicles, explosives and weapons were also recovered when security operatives raided a camp of the insurgents in Bama, a town where attacks have been on the rise in recent months.

He said several members of the sect were also injured in the successful raid launched on Monday.

Apparently, the raid was carried out by security operatives, who were irked by recent attacks on residents and road users in Borno and other states in the volatile northeastern region of Nigeria.

On Monday, local authorities confirmed that a total of 40 people were killed in attacks by suspected Boko Haram fighters on two villages of the northern state.

On Sunday, at least 30 people including a bridegroom and his family members were killed in by gunmen, who laid an ambush along a highway linking neighboring Adamawa State.

Two weeks ago, more than 10 people were slain on a highway by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in the northern state, which borders Cameroon.

The military has stepped up fight against the extremists, killing 95 members of the sect in Yobe and Borno states more than a week ago.

The Boko Haram sect poses the biggest security threat in the West African country. Hundreds of people have been killed since it launched the insurgency in 2009. It seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law into the constitution and declares war against the Western education.

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