Islamic State clams attack on soldiers in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Militants in northeast Nigeria killed at least nine people in an attack on Sunday, sources told Reuters on Monday.

One military source and one resident in the town of Gubio in Borno state said the attack on the area began around 4:30 p.m. and lasted until 9 p.m.

On Monday, Islamic State claimed the attack in its Amaq news agency, saying it killed and wounded 18 Nigerian soldiers and took vehicles and weapons before fleeing.

The resident said that armed men were able to move freely for more than three hours after overpowering soldiers, and that they left without challenge.

Reporting By Maiduguri newsroom, Writing by Libby George; Editing by David Evans and Alison Williams

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