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    Extremists kill several soldiers in northeast Nigeria

    KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – Several Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic State (IS)-affiliated extremists on a military convoy in the country’s conflict-riven northeast, security sources said.

    Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) opened fire with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the convoy as it travelled to the town of Gudumbali in Borno state on Monday, the sources said.

    ISWAP has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters killed or wounded dozens of troops.

    A security source said “the terrorists surprised troops with an ambush as they were heading to Gudumbali”.

    “We lost several soldiers, vehicles and weapons to the terrorists in the attack,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.

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