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

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings 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.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid