Islamists kill at least 10 in bid to capture northeast Nigerian lake town: residents

news_headline_open_108x81._800x533_L_1419519630Source: Reuters

BY Ahmed KingimiLanre Ola

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Islamist militants and Nigerian troops have been fighting around a fishing town on Lake Chad as the insurgents step up attacks in the run-up to a presidential election in which security is a campaign issue, the army and residents said.

The Nigerian army said in a statement the militants attacked a military base in Baga, in eastern Borno state, on Wednesday evening. The borders of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon meet on the lake.

Residents said 10 people had been killed and clashes were still going on as the militants tried to capture the town.

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