Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill At Least 15 Soldiers And Disaster Worker Sources

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Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill At Least 15 Soldiers And Disaster Worker Sources

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – At least 15 soldiers and an official from Nigeria’s disaster agency were killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country, security sources said on Thursday, weeks after 20 troops went missing in an attack.

The ambush occurred late on Wednesday in the northern Damasak area of Borno, the state worst hit by the jihadist group which has killed more than 30,000 people since 2009, when it launched an insurgency to create an Islamic caliphate.

It highlights the challenge to secure the northeast months ahead of a February election President Muhammadu Buhari plans to contest in which security looks set to be a campaign issue.

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