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Seven Nigerian troops killed in militant attack: Military sources

Kano: Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State-affiliated jihadists attacked a military position in northeastern Nigeria, two military sources told AFP.
Fighters in several trucks fitted with machine guns attacked a military position in Mainok village, 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, they said on Wednesday.
“We lost seven men in the attack by the terrorists. Two soldiers went missing and five soldiers were injured,” the first source said. The second source confirmed the toll, adding that the jihadists destroyed two military guntrucks and three anti-aircraft machine guns.
Borno state police spokesman Edet Okon said in a statement that four guntrucks, including two seized from the army in the attack, had been recovered.
The assailants are suspected members of the the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a group that split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has stepped attacks against the military since mid-2018. (AFP)

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