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Boko Haram raid kills 9 Nigerian troops Convoy ambushed in troubled northeast

KANO, Nigeria, Feb 14, (AFP): Boko Haram gunmen killed nine Nigerian soldiers after launching an ambush on a military convoy in the troubled northeast, a local official and a hospital source told AFP Thursday.

The troops were responding to a distress call late Wednesday in the Madagali area of Adamawa state when they were bombarded by Islamist rebels armed with anti-aircraft weapons mounted on the backs of 4X4 trucks, said Maina Ularamu, a local government official in the area. “There was heavy fighting yesterday evening between soldiers and Boko Haram gunmen,” Ularamu said.

He added that the Islamists “ambushed a military convoy on a mission to avert a planned attack... on Izhe village.” Adamawa is one of three northeastern states which has been under emergency rule since May, when the military launched a major operation to crush the Islamist uprising. A source at the Federal Medical centre in the state capital Yola told AFP the hospital “received nine bodies of military personnel on (Wednesday) night from Madagali district.”

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