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About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said to Reuters News Agency on Wednesday.
The militants entered Monguno in Borno state posing as a convoy of soldiers on the evening of Jan. 7, the sources said. They then attacked troops already inside the town, destroying at least 750 homes in the process.
Resident Gumati Sadu said people fled into the bush for safety during the fighting and that three civilians were killed by stray bullets.
A military spokesman declined comment. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.