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FILE: A Nigerian army vehicle patrols in the town of Banki in northeastern Nigeria on 26 April 2017. Picture: AFP

Nigerian soldiers

Islamic State fills the void in Nigeria as soldiers retreat to 'super camps'

Nigerian soldiers had left the town earlier that month under a new strategy of withdrawing to “super camps” that can be more easily defended against insurgents the army has been struggling to contain for a decade.

  • FILE: A Nigerian soldier stands guard near the Yobe river on the outskirt of the town of Damasak in North East Nigeria in April 2017 as thousands of Nigerians, who were freed in 2016 by the Nigerian army from Boko Haram insurgents, return to their homes in Damasak. Picture: AFP.

    Six Nigerian soldiers dead in jihadist attacks

    Suspected fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province, affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group, attacked the town of Gubio on Thursday, unleashing a battle with security forces.