Nigeria army kills 20 Boko Haram Islamists

  • Nigerian army troops have killed 20 suspected members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeast region of the country.

    A government soldier also died in a shootout in Maiduguri town.

    In recent months, Boko Haram has carried out a spate of raids on churches and other targets in Nigeria.

    The group aims to establish Islamic law across the country, whose Christian and animist population live mainly in the south.

    On Sunday, the army said it acted on intelligence that a number of Boko Haram members were holding a gathering in Maiduguri.