Scores killed in army raid on Boko Haram camp

Army spokesman says 150 fighters and 16 soldiers killed in attack on camp in Borno state.

    Nigerian army claims to have attacked a Boko Haram camp in response to an earlier ambush [File: EPA]
    Nigerian army claims to have attacked a Boko Haram camp in response to an earlier ambush [File: EPA]

    A military strike on a Boko Haram camp in Nigeria's northeast region last week killed 150 of the outlawed group's fighters and 16 soldiers, an army spokesman has said.

    The army's offensive against the armed group came on September 12, after local media reported that Boko Haram had ambushed a group of soldiers in the same area, killing 40 and leaving dozens of others missing.

    Military officials were not available to comment on the reported Boko Haram ambush, speaking only about the purported military strike.

    "It was a highly fortified insurgent camp with heavy weapons in [northeastern] Borno State," army spokesman Ibrahim Attahiru said on Wednesday, adding that the camp was in the Kasiya forest.

    "The army raided the camp on September 12. Some 150 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while the military lost 16 soldiers. Nine soldiers are still missing," he said.

    Military shutdown

    Borno was placed under a state of emergency in mid-May. The military shut down the mobile phone network in the region to block the armed group from coordinating attacks.

    With the communication network switched off, details of attacks have been slow to emerge and difficult to verify. Residents have been largely unreachable, with military statements forming the main source of information in the ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.