Nigeria kills 35 Boko Haram members

2012-09-25 07:39
Boko Haram (Supplied)

Boko Haram (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Abuja - Nigeria's military said on Monday it killed 35 members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram and arrested several during an overnight gunbattle in Damaturu, capital of northeastern Yobe state.

Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has been blamed for more than 1 000 deaths since its insurgency intensified in 2010. The United States has designated three of Boko Haram's senior members as terrorists.

"The operation which lasted throughout Sunday night and continued into the early hours of Monday recorded fierce exchanges of fire between Joint Task Force (JTF) troops and the terrorists," said a statement from JTF spokesperson Eli Lazarus.

"Thirty-five terrorists were killed in the fight while several others were arrested ... two JTF men were injured," said Lazarus.

Nigeria's military has been accused of using heavy-handed tactics in the past and previous operations targeting Boko Haram have resulted in civilian deaths.

Curfews


Lazarus said the JTF had lifted 24-hour curfews imposed on Damaturu and the nearby town of Potiskum, both scenes of several deadly Boko Haram attacks this year.

A military crackdown appears to have weakened Boko Haram, whose militants have not reproduced the kind of large-scale, co-ordinated attacks they carried out earlier this year. At least 186 people were killed in the city of Kano during a wave of coordinated bomb and gun attacks over two days in January.

But almost daily shootings and bombings blamed on the Islamists have continued.

A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least two people and wounding 46, police said. Boko Haram has targeted churches in attacks.

The militants have made no public statement since government forces said they killed the sect's spokesperson Abu Qaqa in a gunbattle in Kano on September 16.

Security analysts say Boko Haram has forged links with other jihadist movements expanding across West Africa like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, a group formed in Algeria and now based in northern Mali.

But apart from an attack on the UN headquarters in the Nigerian capital Abuja last August, Boko Haram's focus has been mainly on local targets.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Hot festive offers at kalahari.com!

Hurry! Stocks are limited. Don’t miss out. Shop Now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.