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Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian army chief ambushed – BBC News

Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian army chief ambushed – BBC News

Suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy carrying the new head of the Nigerian army, the military says.

The ambush, which took place on Saturday in north-eastern Borno state, led to a clash in which one soldier and at least five militants were killed.

Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai took up his post in July after the president sacked the heads of the military for failing to end Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Boko Haram began fighting for an Islamic state in the north in 2009.

At least 17,000 people have been killed since then, according to Amnesty International.

Gen Buratai was visiting troops in Borno state when his convoy was ambushed about 45km (28 miles) east of the state capital, Maiduguri, an army spokesman said.

Source: Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian army chief ambushed – BBC News