Extremists kill 10 Nigerian soldiers

KANO, NIGERIA (AFP) – Extremists shot dead 10 Nigerian soldiers in two incidents in the country’s restive northeast on Monday, security sources said.

The assailants gunned down eight troops in an attack on a military convoy near Kumulla village, roughly 40 kilometres southwest of regional capital Maiduguri, two sources told AFP.

Both sources spoke on anonymity because they were not authorised to pass on information to the media. Hours later two soldiers were killed in a separate “firefight” after a military patrol encountered a group of insurgents in Kolore village, around 50 kilometres west of Maiduguri, the sources said.

The latest losses for the Nigerian military come after at least 35 troops were killed last week in an attack by fighters loyal to the so-called Islamist State (IS) group near Kumulla.