News / Africa

New Violence Prompts Nigeria to Intensify Boko Haram Fight

Residents watch as two men walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, west of Borno State capital Maiduguri, Sept. 19, 2013.
Residents watch as two men walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, west of Borno State capital Maiduguri, Sept. 19, 2013.
Heather Murdock
In the wake of more insurgent attacks in Nigeria’s countryside, the Nigerian army says it is increasing security along northeastern roads.

The Nigerian army has confirmed reports of an insurgent attack Sunday at a fake checkpoint on a northeastern road.  The military said four people were killed, two were injured and that soldiers killed five of the attackers.

Army spokesperson Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru outlined the military's response. “Aggressive patrols on all the highways in the northeast are being intensified,” he said.

A motorcycle driver in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said that he saw eight people killed that day.  Other news agencies have reported as many as 19 deaths.

Some witnesses said the attackers were dressed in fatigues and slit their victims’ throats.  They were believed to be Islamist insurgents known as Boko Haram, but no one has claimed responsibility for the most recent violence.

Despite reports that the northeastern Nigerian countryside was becoming increasingly dangerous after security forces forced insurgents out of the cities, Attahiru said insurgents were not gaining momentum - they were just changing tactics.

“There’s no one solution that will solve all the insurgencies in the world.  There are peculiar needs and we are approaching it based on the peculiar needs of the insurgency in the northeast,” said Attahiru.

Attahiru also confirmed reports that other attacks followed in the Konduga district of Borno State, not far from the border with Cameroon. 

Witnesses in Maiduguri said that gunmen attacked villages in Konduga at night, ordering residents out of their houses and opening fire. In one village, the witness said seven people were killed before vigilantes chased attackers into the bush.  Three vigilante security guards were killed in the chase, he said.

The army also reported a firefight over the weekend that started when insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s.  “A couple of terrorists” were killed, Attahiru said, and others fled across the border to Cameroon.  Porous borders, he added, made battles in the region particularly difficult.

“They are not static troops.  They are highly mobile.  This is a very fluid operation.  The environment is flux.  Anything happens.  These guys can get into Cameroon and come back," he said. 

Boko Haram has been blamed for thousands of deaths in recent years, attacking churches, mosques, schools, communications networks, the local U.N. headquarters and government buildings. 

The group said it wanted to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, but some analysts said Boko Haram was fractured and secretive and there was most likely a host of reasons for the carnage.

(Abdulkareem Haruna contributed to this report from Maiduguri.)

You May Like

HRW: Egypt's Trial of Morsi ‘Badly Flawed’

Human Rights Watch says former Egypt leader's detention without charge for more than three weeks after his removal from office violated Egyptian law; government rejects criticism More

Photogallery Lancet Report Calls for Major Investment in Surgery

In its report published by The Lancet, panel of experts says people are dying from conditions easily treated in the operating room such as hernia, appendicitis, obstructed labor, and serious fractures More

Music Industry Under Sway of Digital Revolution

Millions of people in every corner of the Earth now can enjoy a vast variety and quantity of music in a way that has never before been possible More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Thomas Ayan.
October 22, 2013 7:00 PM
May the Almighty God bring peace back to nigeria.lt has never been so traumatic.Democrazy!
In Response

by: SIDDON from: kui
October 23, 2013 7:51 AM
Nonsense, what is your responsibility as a M.J. in Nigerian Army if not to defend your country, the people and the borders, instead of telling us how poros the borders are, why can't you defend it, fortify it with your men, build a solid and strong camp there, make it a no go zone for boko haram, So u know that Cameroon border is the escape root of boko haram and u refuse to seal it? if u can't do it alone the contact the government of Cameroon, let there be joint force in that border, after-all you gave them bakassi land for this purpose.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populationsi
X
April 24, 2015 10:13 PM
A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Study: Insecticide Damaging Wild Bee Populations

A popular but controversial type of insecticide is damaging important wild bee populations, according to a new study. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Data Servers Could Heat Private Homes

As every computer owner knows, when their machines run a complex program they get pretty hot. In fact, cooling the processors can be expensive, especially when you're dealing with huge banks of computer servers. But what if that energy could heat private homes? VOA’s George Putic reports that a Dutch energy firm aims to do just that.
Video

Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
Video

Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
Video

Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
Video

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
Video

Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
Video

Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
Video

Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
Video

Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
Video

Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.

VOA Blogs