16 Boko Haram fighters, 2 soldiers killed in Nigeria shootout

  • PTI, Bauchi, Nigeria
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 12:12 IST
A file photo of Boko Haram fighters. (AFP)

Nigerian officials say 16 Boko Haram fighters and two soldiers have been killed when the extremists tried to ride explosives-laden motorcycles into an army base in the country’s volatile northeast.

An army spokesperson, Col Sani Kukasheka, said in a statement on Sunday that soldiers at the base in Rann in Borno state repelled the extremists with a gunfight that went on for hours.

He said two soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber drove into a truck and exploded. Kukasheka said soldiers found most of the bodies of the attackers today morning, but he added that “quite a number escaped with gunshot wounds.”

Boko Haram’s nearly seven-year-old insurgency has killed some 20,000 people and forced 2 million from their homes. The Nigeria-based group last year began regular attacks in neighbouring countries.

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