Islamists attack house of Nigerian general, one soldier killed

MAIDUGURI Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:20am EST

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MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the house of an army general in northeast Nigeria's Borno state overnight, triggering a gun battle with soldiers guarding it that left one of them dead, police said on Wednesday.

Police commissioner Lawal Tanko for Borno state, which is the center of an Islamist insurgency, said General Umar Tukur Buratai was not at his residence when it was attacked.

"The soldiers succeeded in repelling the attacks on Buratai resulting in minimal damage," he said, confirming that one soldier was killed. There was a separate attack on the town of Bama, he added, although he did not have further details.

(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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