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Boko Haram attacks soldiers in northeast Nigeria

By on April 18, 2016

Boko Haram fighters attacked Nigerian soldiers early on Monday near the border with Niger. The army said.

The militants struck as the troops were on their way to the border town of Damasak, a military source said. The army took the area back from Boko Haram last year but has struggled to hold it.

“Boko Haram terrorists attack troops of 113 Battalion,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a brief statement. “The troops have been battling the insurgents since (the) early hours of today.”

No further information was immediately available from the remote area which is largely disconnected from mobile phone networks.

Boko Haram has since stepped up cross-border attacks and suicide bombings against markets, bus stations and places of worship.

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