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At Least 10 Nigerian Militants Killed in Clash With Army

A Nigerian militant group says at least 10 of its fighters have been killed in a clash with Nigerian soldiers.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says Nigerian government troops in gunboats ambushed a group of its fighters late Sunday.

The ambush was in Baylesa state, in the oil-rich delta region.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo announced a clampdown on Niger Delta militants last week, after a series of kidnappings of foreign oil workers.

The kidnappings and attacks on oil facilities have caused a 20 percent drop in Nigeria's oil production since February.

Nigeria's army said Saturday that more than 100 militants had been detained in a military sweep.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.