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NIGERIA - army kills 38 Islamists in northeast

Nigerian troops killed 38 Islamist militants and lost one soldier on Thursday when they repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a military camp in the northeast. The statement by the army said gunmen launched the attack on a military camp and residential area in the early hours in the town of Damboa in Borno state. Borno state is a remote northeastern region where Boko Haram launched its uprising in 2009. President Goodluck Jonathan is struggling to end a four and a half year insurgency by Islamist sect Boko Haram. This is a group with ties to al Qaeda which wants to create an Islamic state in Africa's second largest economy and top oil producer. President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast in May last year, which was supposed to last six-months but was extended as the intensified military campaign failed to end the violence or curb the mounting death toll. The operation has apparently limited most of the violence to the northeast, so far keeping cities previously targeted by Islamists like Kano and the capital Abuja - both Boko Haram targets in the past - relatively calm.


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