A woman walks with her bicycle past electoral campaign posters in the Rivers State town of Elele on March 27, 2015 on the eve of Nigeria's presidential election. NAFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR
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Nigerian troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the northeastern city of Bauchi Sunday, residents and a military source told AFP.Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometers (four miles) from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting.The Islamists arrived in the village around 10:00 a.m. and set up camp in preparation for an invasion of the city, said Dungulbe resident Mudassir Hambali, who fled to Bauchi.The militants were believed to have come through the town of Alkaleri, 60 kilometers away, where there was a dawn raid on Saturday, according to the military source and residents who fled.The police statement did not mention Boko Haram or the operation in Dungulbe, which comes after at least seven people were killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks in neighbouring Gombe state Saturday.
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