13 militants killed in Nigeria

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 04:30 hrs

Abuja, Jan 2 (IANS) At least 13 militants have been killed by Nigerian military, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

According to the Nigerian military's joint task force, deployed in the troubled city of Maiduguri, it killed 13 Boko Haram Islamists in a clash with the militia Tuesday evening.

At least one soldier died while two others suffered injuries during the encounter, said Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, spokesperson of the task force.

Maiduguri, located in Nigeria's northeastern region, is a Boko Haram flashpoint, where the Nigerian government had to impose curfews following a wave of militant attacks.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its latest report said, over 1,500 people, including women and children, have been killed in various attacks by the Boko Haram sect since 2009.

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