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Nigeria: Insurgent Attacks In Northeast Leave 13 Dead

At least 13 people were killed in attacks on government targets over two days in northeast Nigeria, where security forces are waging a growing battle against Islamist militants, army and police said on Friday.

Unknown gunmen fired on an army post in the town of Marte on Wednesday, while suspected insurgents used grenades and bombs against government and police offices in Adamawa state on Thursday, security forces said.

More than 50 people have been killed in this restive region of Africa’s top oil producer over the last two weeks in worsening clashes between fighters suspected of belonging to Islamist sect Boko Haram and the security forces.

“Gunmen attacked 21 Brigade troops’ location at Marte. In the process one soldier, one policeman and five gunmen lost their lives during an exchange of fire,” late on Wednesday, military spokesman Sagir Musa said.


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