File photo shows Nigerian soldiers in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
At least seventeen people have been killed in fighting between Nigerian military forces and unknown gunmen in the country’s northeast, a military official has said.
The fighting occurred in Bama, a town in northeastern Borno state, where militants have been fighting the government since 2010, The Associated Press reported on Monday.
Lt. Col A.G Laka said that the fighting killed at least seven police officers and 10 militants.
No group has claimed responsibility for Monday attack, but authorities usually put the blame on Boko Haram militants for such attacks.
The extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
Human rights groups report that violent actions by the group since 2009 have claimed more than 1,600 lives, including over 900 in the first ten months of 2012 alone.