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Troops have also destroyed the residence of a Boko Haram leader which also served as a hideout for the extremists, along with a huge consignment of weapons, vehicles and motorcycles, he said.

On Tuesday it was reported that at least 60 Boko Haram fighters have been killed by Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers in operations since the end of January.

He said the attack on Magumeri could not have been possible without the help of residents of the community.

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"While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community".

The group, also known as Jamaatu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladissudan ("Vanguard for the Aid of Muslims in Black Africa"), specialised in high-profile killings and attacks on foreigners.

It was noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency, for some inexplicable reasons. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.

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The others are Abubakar Shekau, the disputed leader of Boko Haram since 2009, and Abubakar Adam Kambar, an associate of al-Barnawi who the Nigerian military claimed to have killed in 2012 but whose death has not been verified.

The deputy Director of Army Public Relation Col. Onyema Nwanchukwu, in a statement in Maiduguri said "these attacks on soft targets are indicative of a drowned Boko Haram group".

Two people were killed and 16 injured by the explosions near the Muna Garage camp in the early hours of Wednesday, said National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim.

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