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LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian troops have been fighting with the Boko Haram militant group over control of a northeastern town, the army said on Wednesday.

The army had made a push to take Mallam Fatori, a remote town near Lake Chad, when Boko Haram moved in reinforcements, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.

"The troops killed several of the Boko Haram terrorists in the resulting encounter and subsequently had to withdraw to a vantage position," he said. No more details were immediately available. "The operation is continuing."

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing)

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