Nigerian military kills 9 insurgents in shoot-out

2013-11-16 13:26
(Sunday Alamba, AP)

(Sunday Alamba, AP)

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Maiduguri - Nigeria's military says it has killed nine Boko Haram militants about 85km south of Maiduguri, the original home of the four-year-old Islamic insurgency.

Army spokesperson Muhammed Dole said one soldier and several fleeing militants also were wounded during Friday's shoot-out and that soldiers confiscated arms, ammunition and three vehicles, and destroyed two pickup trucks.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since 2009, in attacks on schools, media houses, churches, mosques, security forces and the local UN headquarters.

Three states in Nigeria's northeast have been in a state of emergency for six months.

The US this week declared Boko Haram and the splinter group Ansaru foreign terrorist organisations as northeastern Nigeria began what is expected to be another six months of emergency rule.

Read more on:    un  |  boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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