A girl and her father in an internally displaced persons camp that was set up for Nigerians fleeing the violence committed against them by Boko Haram militants, at Wurojuli, Gombe State September 1, 2014 (REUTERS/Samuel Ini)
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Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said Tuesday.The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, Monday. One security source said as many as 5,000 people fled the town.In a bungled airstrike, several Nigerian troops were killed at the Bama armory by a fighter jet targeting the insurgents, a soldier on the ground told Reuters.A soldier involved in the Bama fighting, who declined to be named, said the insurgents had targeted the Bama armory with heavy weapons including tanks. As troops tried to repel the attack, they called in air reinforcements.The jet then bombed the area but accidentally killed everyone there, both Nigerian troops and insurgents, the soldier said.
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