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Rebels from the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed four Nigerian soldiers in an ambush outside the northeastern city of Maidugiri on Wednesday, according to the Defence Headquarters.

Several other insurgents also died in the firefight.

Soldiers fired shots in the air at Maiduguri barracks on Wednesday because they were angry with their commanders about having been made to return at night to the city through an area where Boko Haram is fighting an insurgency, soldiers told Reuters.

“Troops on patrol around Chibok were ambushed by insurgents yesterday. Troops engaged the insurgents in a fierce combat and extricated themselves from the ambush killing several insurgents. Four soldiers however lost their lives during the ambush,” said a statement from Defence Headquarters.

“On evacuation of the remains of the fallen troops, the General Officer Commanding addressed the troops who registered their anger about the incident by firing into the air. The situation has since been brought under control,” it said.

Boko Haram is also responsible for the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. At least 200 remain missing.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.

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