Nigerian troops repel Islamist militant attack on town of Biu

January 14, 2015 12:21 PM

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MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces repelled an attack by Islamist rebels on the northeastern town of Biu on Wednesday, killing several of the insurgents, witnesses and a security source said.

Several dozen fighters belonging to the Boko Haram militant group drove into Biu in pick-up trucks and on motorcycles, witness Yahaya Mshelliza told Reuters by telephone.

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