Nigerian police attack two Boko Haram camps in Borno State, killing 17 members of the Islamist rebel group. (Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that Nigeria’s military has killed 17 insurgents in an attack on two training camps belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist group.

One soldier was also killed in the firefight that broke out after they moved in on the camps, backed by helicopter gunships, the military said.

Spokesman Lt Col Sagir Musa said the “fortified” camps were in a forest and a game reserve in Borno State.

Boko Haram is seeking to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.

Read more at BBC Africa.

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