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Over 50 insurgents killed in Nigerian military raid

LAGOS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Over 50 suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed over the weekend in a military operation by troops in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the stronghold of the outlawed sect, local authorities said on Monday.

The Nigerian military's spokesperson Chris Olukolade said in a statement that troops in the northeast region of Nigeria also foiled an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram, a sect which seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law in the constitution of the secular West African country.

"Troops conducting anti-terrorists campaign in North-Eastern Nigeria have successfully averted attempted massive raid on villages in Borno and Adamawa States during the weekend. The terrorists who were on their way to attack selected communities were ambushed by troops along Bilta, Borno state on receiving intelligence report of the terrorists' intention," said Olukolade.

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