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Nigeria says 70 killed in battle with Islamist group

By Reuters | Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:49 AM

By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Nigeria's military said on Tuesday it had killed at least 50 Islamist rebels fleeing towards Cameroon in a battle in which 15 of its own soldiers and five civilians also died.

Nigerian forces have stepped up an offensive in the volatile northeast in the past few days, after Boko Haram fighters armed with grenade launchers and anti-aircraft guns attacked an ...

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