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16 Nigeria troops missing after Boko Haram attack

AFP  |  Kano 

At least 16 Nigerian soldiers are missing following clashes with jihadists in the Lake area, military and militia sources told AFP on Tuesday.

The incident began when gunmen in several trucks attacked a military base and a local market in the town of late on Monday, briefly forcing troops out of the base.

"Our soldiers engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle following the attack," a military told AFP from Maiduguri, the regional capital which lies about 180 kilometres to the south.

"So far, 16 soldiers are missing but are combing the general area to locate them," said the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side but a civilian militia group confirmed that 16 soldiers were missing and also said one civilian had been killed in the crossfire.

The attack came hours after jihadists attacked soldiers in Kumshe village near the border with

Last month two Nigerian soldiers were killed when troops on foot patrol stepped on a mine around Kumshe.

has intensified its attacks on military targets in the northeastern states of Borno and Yobe in recent months.

The nine-year jihadist conflict which has spilt into Niger, and Chad, has killed 27,000 people and left some 1.8 million homeless in alone.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 01:15 IST