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Hundreds Feared Dead in New Nigerian Militant Attack

FILE - The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, speaks in this file image made from video received by The Associated Press on May 5, in which his group claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction of nearly 30
FILE - The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, speaks in this file image made from video received by The Associated Press on May 5, in which his group claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction of nearly 30
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Hundreds of people are feared dead after militants attacked a town in northeastern Nigeria, setting fire to homes and businesses and shooting residents as they tried to escape.

Local officials say suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the town of Gamboru Ngala, on the border with Cameroon, and destroyed it during an attack on Monday that lasted several hours.

Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper cites residents as saying the attackers burned down more than 250 homes and the town's biggest market, along with a police station.

News of the attack emerged one day after the United States said it would send intelligence and law enforcement agents to Nigeria to help authorities find 276 missing girls kidnapped from their school three weeks ago.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren says the team will arrive in a few days.

Militants claim responsibility

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in a video this week that the militants intend to "sell" the girls.

Nigerian police on Wednesday offered a $300,000 reward for information leading to the students' location and rescue.

Boko Haram has mounted large-scale attacks on Nigerian towns and cities in the past and is blamed for thousands of deaths since it launched an uprising against the Nigerian government in 2009.

The militants have escalated their activity in recent months, brushing aside efforts by Nigeria's military to crush or contain the group.

The militants say they are fighting to establish a strict Islamic state in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria. The group's name means "Western education is a sin."

Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states a year ago but efforts by the military to crush or contain the insurgency have been unsuccessful.

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by: Danladi Ede from: Abuja
May 11, 2014 4:43 AM
The issue of boko haram in nigeria let the government should take action on that because their killed innocent.

by: fine boy from: Nigeria
May 08, 2014 4:48 AM
A weak Millitary or is it Compromise?

by: khalid from: Ilorin
May 08, 2014 1:33 AM
This Boko haram issue is serios because not to talk of kidnapping what of the killings ? Every week morethan 300 people will be kill in this part of Nigeria. Why ? Wonder if the rest of the world is seeing this daily masacre. What is happening here is unmeasurable. May God help us

by: Not Again from: Canada
May 07, 2014 6:49 PM
Islamists at work; it is their daily task to kill, murder, rape, kidnap, enslave women, and the World does nothing! And also as usual, most of their victimes are normal, moderate, law abiding Muslims, struggling to feed their faimilies.
These Islamist terrorists, and their supporters, need to be put out of business permanently; they are humanity's new plaugue.
The Nigerian gvt's total lack of care and gross ineptitude also needs to be addressed, by the Nigerian people, they need to be voted out of office ASAP, and the heads of the Nigerian security services need to be fired.
The people in Africa are trying to survive the hard daily life, it is very difficult for most, the last thing they need is the Islamist plague. Africa needs to free itself from the Islamist plague, no ifs or buts, these terrorists continue to commit ever escalating terrible crimes against innocent civilians, mainly children, women, and men; no one is safe.
I am glad to see that the US and other Western countries will help/are willing to help in getting rid of this new plague. No country has a future, for as long as it allows terrorists to roam freely.

by: ali baba from: new york
May 07, 2014 6:12 PM
Again boko harm is a terrorist organization. the Nigerian GOV. . has to find means to get rid of them .Nigerian Gov. . can ask help from the west but the Nigerian army has to fight them . the west can give them equipment , intelligent information but the fight should be by Nigerian army. If boko harm has penetrated in the Nigerian army, then we have serious problem

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