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Nigeria says killed 17 Islamists insurgents in helicopter strike


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces used helicopter gunships to destroy a camp belonging to the Islamist sect Boko Haram in forest in the northeast on Friday, killing 17 of them in a battle, they said.

A statement from joint military and police forces in northeast Borno state also said one of their number was killed in the exchange of fire, which cast fresh doubt on a ceasefire declared by one Boko Haram commander this week. (Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Jon Boyle)