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UPDATED: Normalcy restored in Rann after ISWAP militants attack Military unit, destroy equipment

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP terrorists have attacked a military unit in Rann, the administrative headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Rann is about 350km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Sources told PRNigeria that the ISWAP fighters who were in large number gained access into the main town while shooting sporadically.

Some residents, mostly civilians, fled to the bush while humanitarian workers were seen moving towards Cameroon

Meanwhile, information reaching DAILY NIGERIAN indicated that normalcy has been restored in the community after the midnight attack.

Some locals who spoke with PRNigeria Tuesday morning said many residents have returned to their homes after a robust response by the ground and Air Task Force.

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It was gathered the normalcy followed a directive by the Theatre Commander, Christopher Musa, to Nigerian troops who, in turn, swung into action and rescued the community from the rampages of the terrorists.

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It was also learnt that the troops’ counter operation, led by the Acting General Officer Commanding, GOC 7 Division,. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, resulted in the elimination of some of the terrorists.

“A serious gun battle among troops and the insurgents ensued lasting several hours. This, then forced the troops to technically withdraw from their base.

“But the terrorists met their waterloo after the troops engaged some of them who were fleeing. Many of them were killed, even as some of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds,” an intelligence officer told PRNigeria.

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