At least 30 dead after Nigerian troops clash with Boko Haram

imgAt least 37 people have been killed in a confrontation between Boko Haram militants and Nigerian troops in the northeastern state of Borno, emergency services personnel said.
Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, a group of militants, who found themselves trapped at an army checkpoint on a road leading to the city of Biu, hurled a grenade into the crowd waiting to pass the road.
The soldiers then opened fire on the attackers’ vehicle, killing 17 of the militants.
Civilians and government troops made up the rest of the fatalities, security sources told Premium Times newspaper.
Five days ago, a woman set herself on fire at a market in Biu, resulting in the deaths of six persons.
More than 60 people have died over the past seven days in attacks by Boko Haram militants in the country and the neighbouring nations of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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