14 killed as Nigerian army, Islamists clash

2013-01-02 07:34

Kano - Nigerian troops clashed with militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, in an operation that left one soldier and 13 insurgents dead, the army said.

"At about 16:00 hours (15:00 GMT) today, troops of the Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters of Maiduguri," spokesperson Sagir Musa said.

"During the encounter the JTF lost one soldier and two were wounded. Thirteen Boko Haram terrorists lost their lives," he added.

According to residents and a relief source, suspected Boko Haram attackers slit the throats of 15 Christians last week on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the group's main stronghold.

Violence linked to Boko Haram's insurgency in northern and central Nigeria has left at least 3 000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, is roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.

While Boko Haram's victims have often included Muslims, the group has also specifically targeted Christians, including bombings of churches. There have previously been instances of victims having their throats slit in attacks.

Boko Haram has said it wants to create an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria but its demands have shifted. It has repeatedly been linked with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb but its goals and hierarchy remain unclear.

The army spokesperson said the operation against the Boko Haram cell in Maiduguri was ongoing and added that three assault rifles, one rocket-propelled grenade and large quantities of ammunition had already been recovered.

"Civilians were well protected and have no casualties recorded as a result of the encounter. The operation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang and recover more weapons," Musa said.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-02 07:42

    This unreligeous religion belongs to the devil,when they blood spill to them its holy

  • louis.pienaar1 - 2013-01-02 08:40

    Only 13?

  • butch.poulter - 2013-01-02 08:53

    "Slit the throats of 15 christians" Aaah these peace loving Islamists.

  • deon.steyn.7 - 2013-01-02 09:03

    Pity about army casualties !

  • Getrude - 2013-01-02 09:15

    Happy New year news24 bloggers. Keep on having your voices heard. Some of us benefit a lot.

  • Ebrahim Carim - 2013-01-02 09:39

    All in the name of Islam but nothing Islamic therein

      goldd.goldfinger - 2013-01-02 11:22

      Dont you understand? The Islamist want to establish an Islamist state..I imagine most muslims would want to leave in an islamic state..Thats the reason why over 3000 Nigerians have died...

  • Ebrahim Carim - 2013-01-02 09:44

    Most Muslims dont have the haziest idea of what the tennets of Islam are so I dont expect anyone who is not a Muslim to know any better

      louis.pienaar1 - 2013-01-02 10:08

      Your point?

  • Raymon - 2013-01-02 10:47

    Ebrahim: you either do not read your own holy book(s), or you are a deceiver. If you had any idea what the Koran teaches then you would know that killing Christians is mandated. So, which are you?

  • siyanda.siya.3720 - 2013-01-02 11:53

    religion or no religion ppl want 2 lead nd rule da world must burrie all dis weapons so we can live free every1' have a ryt 2 choose da world its unholy.

      louis.pienaar1 - 2013-01-02 12:12

      Well if weapons don't kill people, your spelling should do the trick.

  • ronniethoresson - 2013-01-02 13:02

    If we look at the crusades, where everyone fought for their faith, and killed each other for it, we must remember that these were ignorants on both sides,where I think it was taken to the most extreme. No where in the Bible does it speak about killing anyone of another faith, it preaches explicitly about forgiveness and love. Love your neihbor as you love yoursef. I am a christian woking in muslim african countries for almost seven years, and I have learned that only the ones that have been brain washed with wealth are the ones using the Koran as an excuse, not a reason, to kill "infedels". These are rebel leaders using iliterate induviduals and the Koran to try and overthrow governments, by causing chaos.

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