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Hundreds Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

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Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram militants have shot dead dozens of people in a northeastern Nigerian village -- the fourth such massacre reported this week.

A local source tells VOA Hausa Service that men wearing military uniforms entered the Borno State village of Bardari and asked people to come listen to a preacher.  The source says when the villagers gathered, the men opened fire.

Suspected militants using similar tactics attacked three other villages Monday and Tuesday in the nearby Gwoza district.  Witnesses and officials say the militants killed hundreds of people in those attacks and burned down many homes and businesses.

More attacks were reported Thursday in two towns of neighboring Adamawa state -- Madagali and wa Kubla.  

The Nigerian government has struggled to contain Boko Haram despite a state of emergency in the northeast and deployment of thousands of troops to the area.

A Nigerian senator representing a southern Borno district says the militants have taken control of several localities and hoisted flags over the towns.

On Wednesday, Nigerian officials denied a report that 15 officers, including 10 generals, have been court martialed for cooperating with Boko Haram.

Military spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade and government communications official Mike Omeri both told VOA that the report is "not true."  

Earlier, the Leadership newspaper reported the military officers were found guilty of giving information and ammunition to Boko Haram, which has said it wants to establish a strict Islamist state in northern Nigeria.

Omeri told VOA English to Africa the Nigerian government has launched a nationwide campaign designed to empower and engage citizens about the government's efforts to fight Boko Haram.

"It is counterterrorism awareness campaign material translated into various languages and distributed in neighborhoods, in the media and so forth and so on. It provides useful tips and other telephone contacts," he said.

The militants have killed thousands of people over the past five years in attacks on schools, churches, mosques, bus stations, and other public places.   Boko Haram is also holding more than 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped from the town of Chibok in mid-April.

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by: ukpo u from: Usa
June 06, 2014 2:19 AM
Ibrahim Babangida is still alive . He introduced religion into Nigeria politics . When Buhari and Idiagbon(both moslems) were there Nigeria didn't raise any religious basis . When Babangida came he committed Nigeria into Organization Of Islamic States. Remember Zangon Kataf and Zamani Lekwot? Babangida spearheaded religious crisis for his own political gains, where was the north?,nobody said a thing, nobody saw anything coming! Here we are in 2014. The Boko Haram leader may be Babangida's guest . Looking for Abubakar Shekau should begin from Babangida's house in Minna.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
June 05, 2014 11:33 AM
Let them continue to deny the known truth while boko haram continues to shame them. If the officials were not court martialed, did they do it or not? Have there been officers and men implicated in complicity with boko haram, aiding, abetting or sympathizing with the militant group? Where does propaganda leave Nigeria at this point in time? While the military and security apparatus are propagandizing, boko haram is making gain on territories to the extent of hoisting up flags. What a shame! Propaganda does not win a war, it is strategy that wins a war. Surely this is the set up out there to eliminate Christianity in the areas the muslims want for themselves, and the officers know this. With the make of those states, it cannot be otherwise. Please Jonathan, declare a total state of emergency in those three states. It is likely to mean carving out a territory for boko haram - for then we may begin to hear about defection of officers - but it will be easier to fight a war which has boundary demarcation than the present setup of guerrilla warfare.


by: Abdulwahab umar from: Borno
June 05, 2014 11:18 AM
the 15 military officers caught guilty of piece protrution in my noble country Nigeria,for they Should be resoracted befor the public as it was done to Sadam al-hussain of Iraq,that is the Only way to please our mind..

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