Boko Haram claims deaths of 8 soldiers

AFP-JijiKANO, Nigeria (AFP-Jiji) — Islamist group Boko Haram said Saturday it was behind an attack that killed eight soldiers and injured 17 more in northeastern Nigeria.

The group said they had attacked army positions near Gamboru in the Lake Chad area near the border with Cameroon, in a statement translated by the SITE monitoring group.

The group, which calls itself Islamic State’s West Africa Province, said they had suffered no casualties in the clash, and promised further attacks.

An army statement Friday confirmed the attack, without mentioning any casualties. Gamboru residents told AFP on condition of anonymity the Islamists had launched the attacks on Thursday around the bridge straddling the border with Cameroon.Speech

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