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    Alleged Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 45 Nigerian Soldiers, Officers

    Muslim women pray at a meeting calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 27, 2014.
    Muslim women pray at a meeting calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 27, 2014.
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    At least 45 Nigerian security personnel are dead after gunmen believed to be Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Buni Yadi.

    Hundreds of gunmen on trucks and motorcycles stormed the town in northeastern Yobe state late Monday.

    A source with Nigeria's Joint Task Force tells VOA's Hausa Service that 24 soldiers and 21 police officers were confirmed dead following the attack. 
     
    The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen took away an armored tank and many vehicles.
     
    There has been no word on civilian casualties.
    Major attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram
     
    2009
    July - Attacks prompt government crackdown in Bauchi and Maiduguri; 800 people killed
     
    2010
    December - Bombings in central Nigeria and church attacks in the northeast kill 86
     
    2011
    June - Attack on a bar in Maiduguri kills 25
    August - Suicide bomber kills 23 at U.N. building in Abuja
    November - Bombings in Damaturu and Potiskum kill 65
    December - Christmas Day bombings across Nigeria kill 39
     
    2012
    January -- Gun and bomb attacks in Kano up to 200
    February - Maiduguri market attack kills 30
    June - Suicide car bombings at three churches kill 21
    July - Attacks in Plateau state kill dozens, including two politicians at a funeral for the victims
     
    2013
    February - French family kidnapped in Cameroon, held hostage for two months
    April - Fighting with troops in Baga kills up to 200; residents say troops set deadly fires
    May - Attacks in Bama kill more than 50
    July - Gunmen kill 30 at a school in Yobe
    August - Gunmen kill 44 at a mosque outside Maiduguri
    September - Gunmen kill 40 students at a post-secondary school in Yobe
    December - Militants attack military installations in Maiduguri

    2014
    January - Militants kill 74 people and burn down a village in attacks in Borno and Adamawa
    February - Gunmen kill as many as 60 in attack on school in Yobe
    April - Militants abduct 276 schoolgirls


    A Hausa Service reporter who is in northeastern Nigeria said  militants are also attacking motorists on highways leading in and out of Maiduguri, a city in Borno state.

    Boko Haram is based in Borno state.
     
    Drivers said snipers wait in trees to fire at passing cars, which are then attacked by gunmen hiding in bushes by the side of the road.
     
    Despite promises of action from President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian security forces have been unable to stop the increasingly frequent attacks either claimed by or blamed on Boko Haram.
     
    The twin bombings in the city of Jos last week killed 130 people, and Boko Haram continues to hold more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from a school in the village of Chibok last month.
     
    The Islamist radicals have killed thousands of people over the past five years in attacks on schools, churches, mosques, bus stations and other public places.

    On Monday, the head of the Nigerian military, Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh, said the military knew the location of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

    VOA spoke by phone with family members of the missing girls about what Badeh called "good news" that the girls had been located.

    Those relatives said their hopes have been raised before, but that they will believe the news when the girls are returned home safely.

    The U.S. State Department says it has no independent information on the Nigerian government's claim that it knows the location of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

    Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday even if the United States knew where they are, it would not talk about it publicly.

    She also said like the Nigerians, the U.S. would probably not attempt a rescue mission because of the safety and security of the girls.

    Nigeria has accepted assistance from the United States and several other countries to help find the girls but has ruled out the use of foreign troops.

    VOA's Anne Look in Abuja contributed to this report.

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    by: andrea rivero from: belize
    May 27, 2014 8:06 PM
    HELP PLEASE THIS IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR ALL THE WORLD LEADERS. HELP !!!!!!!!

    by: Steven orji from: Benin Rb
    May 27, 2014 5:40 PM
    Nigeria governmant should look into this matter very well cos how can this so call boko haram will killed and still took away of their armored tank,is quite unbelievable

    by: Moses from: Jos
    May 27, 2014 4:10 PM
    Yes,the Nigerian army especially those in aliance with B Haram would not want the foreign troops to be involved in the rescue of these girls because their secrets will be exposed.

    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    May 27, 2014 3:36 PM
    Slaughtering 45 security personnel in broad daylight by this evil entity with impunity and stole tanks and number of military vehicles. ...Am I reading this article right? What's going on down there?
    Unlike Somalia, Nigeria is not a failed state!

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    May 27, 2014 2:16 PM
    A shameful news! That boko haram continues to overpower our army is an indication the army is gone pulp. Has Alex really seen the girls? Or is he trying to create a situation of hope where there is no hope? Is he trying to use this as a face saving gambit when the army should be covering its face for shame at the beating by a gang of thieves like boko haram? What should Nigeria do about this insider dealers who betray the army and yield a lot of benefits to the boko haram ambushes? Is anyone being investigated, interrogated, or queried for the colossal losses? Or is Nigeria going to return to business as usual and allow the status quo to remain while the miscreants in the service continue to quarry our youths in the army on the altar of the political, religious and ethnic ego while bringing shame on all of us over an army of bananas? This killing in particular is very disturbing, not only is it harrowing in the number of soldiers and police involved, but it goes to show how insecure the country is under an army and police that cannot protect itself, much less the citizens.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    May 27, 2014 1:56 PM
    "But has ruled out the use of foreign forces", did they say? When the militants could kill 45 armed soldiers and policemen? This is ridiculous! Have never known a foolhardy situation before. And no one is resigning, no one is called to order or queried, and no one is informing Nigerians what is going on. Alex said he has spotted the girls, from what angle is he talking to us: from the standpoint he wants to negotiate on behalf of Nigeria with the militants, or he wants to make it a siege situation, or the situation has become too hot for the militants to continue holding the girls so they want a way out, or he wants to prove that the foreign surveillance apparatus is beginning to yield fruit? Much as Nigerians would welcome it as a good news, we want to see the girls - even in the hostage siege - and believe that the security intelligence is really working. But the news boko haram can ambush and kill up to 45 troops without even a scratch damage to the enemy is disheartening. It is disheartening in the sense not only of the colossal losses but also in the fear it creates in the common man on the streets that our army is simply pulp. Once again thorough investigation should be carried out to identify the Achilles hills in the security apparatus which gave impetus to these disgraceful losses. They're both harrowing as they are callous for an army of the Nigerian Army standing.
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