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Sources: Islamists kill nine soldiers in northeastern Nigeria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Islamist militants killed nine soldiers in an attack on a military base in the northeast of the country, three soldiers and a security official said on Friday.

A rebellion launched by the Boko Haram militant group in northeast Nigeria in 2009 has killed more than 30,000 people. A breakaway faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has become the dominant group in the insurgency and has carried out attacks on military bases over the past year.

The three soldiers and a security officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that Islamist militants attacked troops the day before at a military base in the town of Gudumbali, Borno state, which was most affected by the insurgency.

They said nine soldiers were killed and 27 were missing.

“We responded to the attack,” said Nigerian army spokesman Saqr Moussa. He said he was not aware of any soldiers killed or missing during the attack.

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