Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack

2014-01-09 21:07
Policemen stand guard during the funeral service for author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

Policemen stand guard during the funeral service for author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

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

Maiduguri - Nigerian troops killed 38 Islamist militants and lost one soldier on Thursday when they repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a military camp in the northeast, the army said.

President Goodluck Jonathan is struggling to end a four and a half year insurgency by Islamist sect Boko Haram, a group with ties to al-Qaeda which wants to create an Islamic state in Africa's second largest economy and top oil producer.

The official figures could not be immediately verified. The military often reports big casualties in gun battles with Boko Haram fighters but rarely admits any significant losses among its own troops or civilians.

The statement said gunmen launched the attack on a military camp and residential area at around 01:00 (24:00 GMT) in the town of Damboa in Borno state, a remote northeastern region where Boko Haram launched its uprising in 2009.

"The attack was repelled," Army spokesperson Colonel Muhammadu Dole said. "While the encounter lasted 38 Boko Haram terrorists were killed and some fled with various degrees of injuries."

Dole said the military recovered three vehicles, improvised explosive devices and high calibre ammunition.

President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast in May last year, which was supposed to last six-months but was extended as the intensified military campaign failed to end the violence or curb the mounting death toll.

The operation has apparently limited most of the violence to the northeast, so far keeping cities previously targeted by Islamists like Kano and the capital Abuja - both Boko Haram targets in the past - relatively calm.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

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


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 network.


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.