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    as villagers use traditional fighting equipment and charms

    to repel the attacks.

    Almost 200 suspected members of the Boko Haram were

    killed today by residents of Rann, the headquarters of

    Kala-Balge local government area in north eastern part of

    Borno State, officials and locals from the area said.

    Sources said the insurgents, numbering over 300 stormed

    Rann and adjoining villages around 4am today but met

    resistance from the people who had knowledge of the

    impending attack.

    This is the second attempt by Boko Haram insurgents on

    Rann. A similar one was waged by the attackers some

    month ago but retreated when they reportedly found it

    difficult to penetrate the town.

    It was however gathered that this time around, the

    insurgents had succeeded in entering Rann where they

    killed some people and burnt some houses but reportedly

    recorded the worst casualty.

    "The people in Rann and environs used traditional fighting

    equipment and charms to repel the attacks...they really

    confronted the attackers who were equally ready for fight,"

    a source said.

    A state legislator from Central Borno, who does not want

    his name mentioned, confirmed the attack, pointing out that

    the locals had successfully repelled.

    ?The villagers succeeded in protecting their dwellings from

    the attackers. They killed about 200 members of the sect

    and many others escaped with serious wounds.

    ?Our people also recovered over 70 motorcycles that the

    attackers came with. They also collected 2 Hilux vehicles

    and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) while some of the

    attackers were captured alive,? he said.

    At the Gamboru Motor Park along the Customs area in

    Maiduguri, some people that came from the area said the

    insurgents were defeated in Rann during confrontations that

    lasted many hours.

    Borno State police commissioner, Lawan Tanko said he was

    not aware of the attack.

    ?The only information I heard today is that the insurgents

    have been sighted around Hamchika-Kala Balge road. We

    have informed sister agencies of the development,? he said.

    It is not yet clear whether the insurgents are heading

    towards Kala-Balge for a renewed attack. GSM services in

    the area have been vandalized by insurgents over two years

    ago and locals in the area rely on Cameroonian telephone

    facilities to reach out.

    Kala-Balge lies along the Shores of the Lake Chad and is

    few kilometers away from Gamboru town where suspected

    insurgents killed nearly 400 people last week and destroyed

    over 300 vehicles, 650 motorcycles, dozens of residential

    houses, public buildings and the biggest market in the town

    that shares border with Cameroon.

    It was learnt that people of Kala-Balge have used various

    methods, including prayers in protecting their town.



    Posted by Geoffrey Oguguo

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