Islamic extremists attack Nigerian barracks


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Nigeria's military says Islamic extremists firing anti-aircraft rockets and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a tank battalion barracks in the northeast of the country, and witnesses say they set the entire complex ablaze.

Spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade says the pre-dawn attack Friday in Bama was repelled by fighter jets and a ground assault.

Olukolade said the attackers came across the border from Cameroon, which Nigerian officials say is doing little to stop the extremists using the country as a launch pad for attacks and escape routes.

Thousands have died in the 4-year-old insurgency.

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