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Curfew in Damaturu, Nigeria, following Boko Haram raid

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Suspected Boko Haram militants raided a Damaturu, Nigeria, hospital and engaged security forces in a 7-hour gun battle, witnesses said.

Residents in the relatively peaceful city said the Islamist militant group stole drugs from the hospital Thursday and drove off in ambulances.

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Gunfire rocked the city for hours, the BBC said, and clashes between militants and security forces spread to other parts of the city.

A health worker said he saw a police vehicle taking corpses to a mortuary. No death count was reported.

The Nigerian military imposed a 24-hour curfew in the city and the surrounding northeastern state of Yobe following the attacks, the (Lagos, Nigeria) Newspaper P.M. News reported.

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