ABUJA - Nigerian soldiers killed six suspected Islamist insurgents during a raid on a house in the main northern city of Kano on Friday but lost one soldier in the gunbattle, the military said.
Radical sect Boko Haram and other Islamist groups have become the main threat to stability in Africa's top oil-producer and a growing menace to neighbors like Cameroon.
Boko Haram has killed many hundreds in gun and bomb attacks, including 25 in Kano last month, since it intensified an insurgency two years ago, with the aim of carving an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria.
"During the operation this morning a soldier and six terrorists were killed," military task force spokesman Ikedichi Iweha told reporters.
Nigeria's military rarely admits significant casualties amongst its own ranks or civilian deaths in shootouts.
Iweha said soldiers recovered weapons, including improvised explosive devices, before demolishing the house where the insurgents were living.