Nigeria’s army said it killed five suspected Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush in the northeastern Sambisa forest on Sunday.

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“The troops sprang a surprise ambush on the group of escaping terrorists from Sambisa forest crossing towards Alagarno mounted on motorcycles and bicycles,” army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in an e-mailed statement.

While Nigeria says it’s making progress in the battle against Boko Haram, which has waged a violent seven-year campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation, the group continues to carry out massacres in remote areas and suicide bombings in towns and cities.

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