MAIDUGURI, Nigeria | Nigeria helicopter crashes while fighting extremists; 5 dead

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—Jan 03, 2019  —A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in combat, killing five crew members, as fighting raged against extremists for control of the strategic town of Baga in the northeast, the military said Thursday.

The crash occurred Wednesday at Damasak in northern Borno state, according to a tweet by air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola. Officials did not say what caused the crash.

The military has been fighting to regain control of Baga, which the extremists seized last week.

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