Tag: Nigerian army

29 KILLED IN MILITARY, BOKO HARAM CROSSFIRE

It was a black Easter in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as no fewer than 29 persons were feared killed in a crossfire between the Boko Haram insurgents and the military on Sunday.
The confrontation ensued when the Boko Haram insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a military camp and the adjoining Bale Shuwar and Alikaranti communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri in a move to infiltrate the state capital.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening were heard from the outskirts of the city. Continue reading

‘NIGERIAN ARMY IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT DAPCHI ATTACK’

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Campaign group Amnesty International says that the Nigerian army ignored repeated warnings of an attack on Dapchi town, hours before 110 schoolchildren were kidnapped from the government girl’s school.

They said they spoke to 23 different local leaders who said they saw the militants in the vicinity on the day of the attack.

The local leaders alerted the Nigerian army to the presence of a convoy of militants in a village called Gumsa, about 30km (18 miles) from Dapchi town.

That was early on Monday 19 February. Later that evening, militants attacked the school on at least nine vehicles, kidnapping 110 children. Continue reading

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