Bama: A military official says at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in northeastern Nigeria.
The fighting happened in Bama, a town in northeastern Borno state where insurgents have been fighting the government since 2010.
Lt Col A G Laka said today that the fighting killed at least seven police officers and 10 insurgents. Journalists accompanying a government convoy to the area today did not see any of the corpses and the military routinely downplays casualty figures from fighting.
A journalist saw burned homes and businesses burned down, something Laka blamed on insurgents using civilians as cover. The military made a similar claim about violence in Baga, a city where local officials say at least 185 were recently killed.