Nigerian troops have rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several of the Islamic extremist group’s camps in the north east, according to the army.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria A bomb attack on a packed market in northeastern Nigeria bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram killed around 50 people on Tuesday, sources said.
“We have received at least 47 dead bodies and at least 50 with injuries from the Sabon Gari market where there was a blast this afternoon”, a nurse at Biu General Hospital in Borno State said.
Also on Wednesday, a senior Cameroonian military source said Boko Haram had killed a soldier from Cameroon in a cross-border incursion from Nigeria.
It was introduced in the market and apparently left there…
Déby predicted that the war between Boko Haram and the five-nation pan-African force assembled to defeat it would be “short”.
He added: “Boko Haram is decapitated”. The Federal Government should heed the counsel of the Chadian president as doing otherwise will apart from setting a risky precedent, make nonsense of the human and material losses which Nigeria has incurred in the bid to checkmate the terror sect.
“Late Monday night, Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Archighacha”, Bouba said.
Last year, the militants seized a huge area of the north-east, before being beaten back by a regional coalition, including Cameroon, Chad and Niger. “The blast occurred in a busy area with many traders and other local people [present]”.
Buhari’s victory triggered a wave of optimism for oil-rich Nigeria, which has Africa’s biggest population and economy but many deep and seemingly intractable problems.
Opadokun who advised communities to form vigilante groups to prevent insurgency attacks, said investigation was in progress on the issue. “But there are a number of characters claiming to represent different factions within Boko Haram, and their bona fides are often hard to verify”.
Nigerian military operations have seen mixed results, with reports stating that a lack of funding has hampered efforts to combat Boko Haram, as well as low moral among troops.