Monday, 2 February 2015

Nigeria Army's Winning Offensive Kills Hundreds of Boko Haram Fighters

US Government Transfer Military Equipment To The Nigerian Army
Photo: Nigeria Army

Nigeria's army said it had repelled an attack by Boko Haram extremists on Maiduguri killing hundreds of the insurgents in fierce shelling.

Chris Olukolade, a defence ministry spokesman, said the assault on the city, where the group was founded more than a decade ago, was "contained" and that "the terrorists incurred massive casualties".

According to Metro UK, For weeks Boko Haram has been closing in on Maiduguri,its spiritual birth place, where it is determined to plant its Islamic State-style flag.

Boko Haram has recently launched cross-border attacks from Nigeria into Cameroon and Chad as part of its five-year drive for an Islamist state in the northeast of Nigeria.

"The winning offensive followed calls for Nigeria's neighbours to help fight the Islamic uprising".

Chad and Cameroon have stepped up troop deployments to fight the militants and on Saturday Chad's army said it bombarded Boko Haram militants.

Chad has a reputation as one of the region's best militaries and it helped French forces drive al Qaeda-linked Islamists from northern Mali in 2013.

 Last Saturday,The African Union (AU)  authorised a force of 7,500 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to fight the militants.
 Ghana President John Mahama told journalists on Saturday  that the five- member nations will meet in the Cameroon capital next week to decide on its command structure.

"When they meet in Yaounde the rules of engagement will be agreed by the nations constituting the force. It will allow them to move across borders because Boko Haram does not recognise borders," Mahama said on his return from an AU summit.
However, Boko Haram group has warned to attack Niger if it it sends troops just as it attacked Cameron.
Source: Reuters.

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