Attack 'took Nigerian troops by surprise'

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Nigeria's defence minister has told the BBC that last week's attack by Boko Haram caught his troops by surprise.

Bello Halliru Mohammed said that despite a large military presence in northeastern Nigeria, fighters from the Islamist group had given his men the slip.

A week ago more than a hundred people died when Boko Haram launched an assault on the town of Damaturu.

The BBC's correspondent in Nigeria Jonah Fisher reports.

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