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Image caption Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was expected to make sure that his troops defeated militant Islamists. Nigeria's military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. It follows a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque in the north-east last month. No official reason was given for Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim's dismissal. Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai gave him a deadline in July to deliver Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead or alive within 40 days. At least 20,000 people have been killed and thousands more abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009. Full story

7 December