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Boko Haram attacks Nigerian army base; five soldiers 15 militants killed

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Published: 08:21 GMT, Jan 9, 2017 |
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Five Nigerian soldiers and more than 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed when the jihadists attacked an army base, a military source said on Sunday (Jan 8).

Boko Haram attacked an army brigade in Buni Yadi in Yobe state late on Saturday, an army spokesman said by text message, without giving a casualty figure.

“Five soldiers lost their life in the attack though more than 15 Boko Haram were killed by troops,” the military source said.

Several explosions could be heard on Sunday in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state where Boko Haram started its seven-year insurgency that has killed about 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.

Security analysts say the group’s ability to carry out attacks in neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad suggests it has multiple bases.