Nigerian troops attack Boko Haram hideouts in Maiduguri
[Iran Press TV] The Nigerian military's Joint Task Force has attacked suspected hideouts of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
beturbanned goons in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, which is the capital of Borno State.
"There have been at least eight kabooms in these neighborhoods and soldiers have moved in with tanks and have taken over the whole area," AFP quoted one resident as saying on Tuesday.
Many residents from the Shehuri, Abbaganaram, Budum, and Hausari neighborhoods and other areas fled their homes at the first signs of the attack, which lasted for more than three hours on Tuesday evening.
"Since yesterday, residents of these areas have been deserting their homes. Explosions and gunfire erupted in these neighborhoods and soldiers cordoned off these areas," another resident said.
On Monday, Boko Haram grabbed credit for Sunday's attack on a church on the outskirts of the northern city of Bauchi in which 15 people were killed and more than 40 others were maimed.
On May 11, Nigerian security forces jugged
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Suleiman Mohammed, Boko Haram's head of operations in Kano, along with his wife and five children, during a raid on his house in the northern city.
Nigerian raid in Boko Haram hotbed kills 16 suspects
[Pak Daily Times] Nigerian soldiers have killed at least 16 militants, the army said Wednesday, after gunfire and blasts rocked an area of the country's northeast where religious groups were believed to be hiding.
"It's confirmed," Colonel Victor Ebhaleme told AFP when asked about reports of 16 Boko Haram members being killed in the city of Maiduguri. "They came to attack part of the city," he said, declining to provide details. Gunfire and explosions erupted in Maiduguri on Tuesday as soldiers moved into the area where Boko Haram members were believed to be hiding, residents said. "There have been at least eight explosions in these neighbourhoods and soldiers have moved in with tanks and have taken over the whole area," one resident said Tuesday. Another said the area was largely deserted of residents after earlier signs that soldiers were preparing a crackdown. Alleyways had been sealed off ahead of Tuesday evening's violence, they said.
The explosions and gunfire began rocking the city at around 4:30 pm and stopped at around 9:00 pm. Maiduguri is at the centre of Boko Haram's insurgency, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives since mid-2009. The group's mosque and headquarters were located there until they were destroyed in a 2009 military assault. Nigerian troops have also been accused of abuses in Maiduguri, including burning homes and killing civilians in the wake of bomb attacks. Thousands of residents have fled the city amid the spiralling violence. Also on Tuesday in the northern city of Kano, gunmen shot dead a former deputy Nigerian police chief, his driver and a bodyguard, police said.
Former Deputy Inspector-General of Police Abubakar Saleh Ningi, forced into retirement in January along with Nigeria's police chief and all his other deputies, was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen, police said. Police declined to name suspects in the shooting.
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