Fierce fighting as Islamists attack northeast Nigeria city of Gombe

February 14, 2015 10:13 AM

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BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Heavily armed Boko Haram militants attacked the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe on Saturday, fleeing residents and a security source said.

Explosions and gunfire could be heard after the fighters overwhelmed a checkpoint at the edge of the city, which has been bombed before but has never had the insurgents attempt to take it over.

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