In northwest Nigeria, deadly clashes occurred between security forces and armed men.
It says 17 bandits were killed and three soldiers were killed in Saturday's violence. As against on going rumours that over 17 soldiers died during the ambush.
However, there are reports that the army lost 16 troops - including several senior officers - and another 28 were injured.
Criminal gangs on bikes often raid communities in north-western Nigeria, killing or kidnapping people for ransom and stealing livestock.
In the last ten years, more than 8,000 people have lost their lives there. Military operations and the offer of an amnesty have failed to stop the violence.
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