Nigeria shootout with Islamist militants kills 25

KADUNA- Twenty-five people were killed in a clash between Nigerian security forces and suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants who robbed a bank and attacked a police station in northeastern Yobe state, police said on Friday.
The military had earlier said seven people were killed in the shootout on Thursday.
"Five policemen and 20 gunmen have been confirmed dead and over nine million Nigerian naira ($56,600) was carted away from a commercial bank," Yobe State police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said in a statement, adding that the loot had been recovered.
The Boko Haram sect and offshoots such as the al-Qaida-linked Ansaru, as well as associated criminal networks, have posed the main threat to the stability of Africa's top energy producer since a 2009 amnesty for militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta calmed violence there.
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