[QODLink]
Africa

Nigeria says 50 Boko Haram fighters killed

Military claims fighters were killed in operation in Borno state following attack on civilians a day earlier.

Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 20:23
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The military has battled fighters in Borno state for the past four years [Reuters]

Nigeria's military says it has killed 50 Boko Haram fighters in an operation launched in response to an attack on civilians in the northeast.
 
The military sent troops in pursuit of the attackers backed by air support, the area military spokesman Sagir Musa told the AFP news agency in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday. 

"Troops pursued the terrorists to their camps with air support and about 50 insurgents were killed in a shootout," Musa said.

"Troops are pursuing the remnants of the fleeing terrorists by blocking all possible escape routes."

On Thursday, suspected Boko Haram members disguised as traders invaded an open market and opened fire, killing at least 15 people in the village of Gajiram, in the Borno state, witnesses and security operatives said.

Military offensive

Borno state is Boko Haram's historic stronghold and where the military has battled fighters for the past four years.

Most of the northeast was placed under a state of emergency in May, when the military launched a major offensive aimed at crushing the group.

The phone network has been shut down in Borno state since the emergency measures were imposed and details of both attacks by armed groups and military operations have been slow to emerge and difficult to verify.

Boko Haram claims it is fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, though it is believed to have a number of factions with varying aims.

Its insurgency is estimated to have cost more than 3,600 lives, including killing by the security forces, who have been accused of major abuses.

266

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Featured
Critics say unregulated spending on India's elections is subverting the vote.
Libya has seen a blossoming of media outlets, but the media landscape is as polarised as the politics on the streets.
As nuclear age approaches eighth decade, visitors flock to historic bomb craters at New Mexico test sites.
Venezuela's president lacks the charisma and cult of personality maintained by the late Hugo Chavez.
Despite the Geneva deal, anti-government protesters in Ukraine's eastern regions don't intend to leave any time soon.
join our mailing list