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Nine Nigerian soldiers killed in Islamist ambush

BBC World Service

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Security sources in north-east Nigeria say at least nine soldiers and two members of a civil defence militia have been killed by Islamist militants.

They told AFP news agency that several more civilians are missing, presumed killed or abducted.

The extremists used guns and grenades to ambush a civilian convoy of more than 100 vehicles under military escort near Damboa in Borno state - close to a forest enclave where Boko Haram militants have a base.

Their insurgency, characterised by frequent ambushes, has killed 36,000 people in a decade and spread to three neighbouring countries.

US condemns 'brazen killings' in northern Nigeria

A burnout car in Monguno, Nigeria - June 2020
The UN says the clashes with the military in Monguno lasted for about two hours on Saturday

The US has condemned the recent spate of "senseless and  brazen killings" in northern Nigeria.

Dozens of soldiers and civilians were last week killed in twin attacks by Islamist militants in north-eastern Borno state.

Days earlier some 20 people were killed and 20 injured during an attack in north-western state of Katsina by bandits who are often accused of involvement in cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom.

"The US calls on the government of Nigeria to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable and protect  civilians," the US embassy said in a statement.

A decade-long insurgency in the north-east by Boko Haram Islamist militants, including a faction that fights under the banner of the Islamic State group, has left thousands of people dead and forced many more from their homes.

Deadly violence related to cattle has been going on for years in Nigeria - even longer than the northern Islamist insurgency and southern oil militancy.

Nigerian jihadists storm garrison town

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Houses where displaced people live in Monguno, Nigeria - 2017
The town is host to many people who have fled their homes during Boko Haram's decade-long insurgency

Islamist militants have attacked a strategic garrison town in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state.

Residents say that at least six people have been killed, including soldiers and civilians.

Some reports put the number of dead higher.

The jihadists reportedly stormed the town of Monguno around noon local time on Saturday, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades, and overpowering government troops.

An offshoot of Boko Haram, known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap), said it was behind the attack.

More than 100,000 of the town’s residents are people who have been displaced from their homes by the 10-year conflict in the region.

Angry Nigerian soldiers to undergo counselling

Ishaq Khalid

BBC News, Abuja

Burning army vehicle in the video
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A burning vehicle is seen in the video filmed after an ambush

Two Nigerian soldiers are to undergo counselling for mental stress after they were seen in a viral video complaining about being ill-equipped to deal with Boko Haram militants.

The army says the video, in which a military vehicle is also seen on fire, was recorded after troops were ambushed by suspected Islamist insurgents while on patrol in the north-eastern state of Yobe.

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In the past public such outbursts from soldiers have led to summons to a court-martial, so it is unusual for the military to respond saying the "uncomplimentary" remarks were due to "distress in the fog of war".

While the military have not commented on allegations made by the soldiers, such concerns are not new.

For years troops fighting to end the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east have been complaining of being ill-equipped despite huge sums of money being budgeted for weapons and training.

Some accuse the authorities of massive corruption and neglect.

The authorities often deny the allegations, usually accusing complainants of sabotage and cowardice.

Nigerian military probes bombing of civilians

Ishaq Khalid

BBC News, Abuja

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The military said intelligence had confirmed the targeted area was occupied by Boko Haram

The Nigerian military says it is investigating an alleged bombing of innocent civilians by its aircraft in a village in north-eastern Nigeria during an operation against Boko Haram militants.

In a statement, the Nigerian military said "credible intelligence" had confirmed that the targeted area was occupied by Boko Haram militants.

But it was later reported that the victims were civilians including women and children.

The authorities now say they are investigating the incident.

It happened in the village of Shokotoko in Borno state on Thursday during an overnight military operation on suspected Boko Haram positions.

It is not known exactly how many people were killed, but some reports say at least eight. Others put the number at more than 20 with many more wounded.

This is not the first time the Nigerian military has been linked to claims of bombing civilians in its fight against Boko Haram militants.

In 2017 an air force jet mistakenly killed more than 100 people at a camp for those displaced by the conflict in the town of Rann in Borno state.

The authorities later apologised saying the camp was thought to be a Boko Haram position.

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Chad kills 1,000 jihadists and clears lake hideouts - army

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Man's back in front of Lake Chad
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Boko Haram had hideouts on Lake Chad's islands

Chad says it has killed 1,000 jihadists in an operation in the Lake Chad area against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Army spokesman Col Azem Agouna said 52 Chadian soldiers were killed during the six-day battle, known as Bohoma’s Anger.

President Idriss Déby has visited Lake Chad. He said not a single Boko Haram fighter remains on the islands where the jihadists had their hideouts.

He said it was regrettable that Chad had been left on its own to fight on the lake, a vast marshy area where the borders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad converge.

The offensive was launched after suspected Islamists last month killed nearly 100 Chadian troops during a seven-hour attack on an island base.

There has been no independent confirmation and Boko Haram has not commented on the claims.

Seven die in militant attack in Cameroon

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Police in Cameroon say Islamist militants have killed seven people in a suicide attack on a village bordering Nigeria.

A police spokesman said two Boko Haram militants blew themselves up in the village of Amchide on Sunday night.

A village chief is reported to be among the dead.