Boko Haram militants.

An attempt by Boko Haram militants to seize Nigeria’s north-eastern town of Magumeri, has been repulsed by the Nigerian army but has left three soldiers dead and six other wounded, Reuters reports.

Sunday’s assault was just the latest in a series of attacks in Nigeria’s troubled Borno state as the country battles an Islamist insurgency which is now in its ninth year and shows little sign of ending.

The fighting took place 50 km from Maiduguri, Borno’s capital, which has been the epicentre of the conflict with repeated suicide bombings, many of them carried out by girls.

Last Tuesday 58 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in neighbouring Adamawa state, one of the deadliest attacks since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015 on a pledge to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

- African News Agency (ANA)