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Nigeria: Dozens of Boko Haram Militants Killed

Activists pressure Nigeria's government to find schoolgirls abducted in April. The Bring Back Our Girls initiative sponsored a rally in Lagos July 5, 2014.
Activists pressure Nigeria's government to find schoolgirls abducted in April. The Bring Back Our Girls initiative sponsored a rally in Lagos July 5, 2014.
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In Nigeria, gunmen believed to be members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have attacked a military base in the northeastern town of Damboa.

A Nigerian army spokesman says troops killed 53 Boko Haram militants during the attack, and that six soldiers were also killed.

Residents interviewed by a journalist working for VOA's Hausa service said four police officers, four civilians and 12 soldiers were killed, including the commanding officer of the base.

Some local residents say the militants set a number of buildings on fire, including a police station in the Friday night attack. A Borno police spokesman confirmed the Friday night attack on the base but provided no further details.

Damboa is Borno state and near the village of Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April. The girls are still being held hostage.

Members of the Chibok community on Friday held a news conference in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, calling on the government to negotiate with Boko Haram to secure the girls' freedom.

Chibok residents also called for greater security to protect their village and surrounding areas from the militants.

Nigeria's military has come under growing criticism that it is not doing enough to stop Boko Haram attacks.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in its terror campaign to turn northern Nigeria into a conservative Islamic state.

Some information for this report comes from AFP and Reuters.

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by: hana from: ethiopia
July 09, 2014 5:24 PM
Oh boko haram what did you do in our girls ,don't you have mother&sister i feel sorry


by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
July 06, 2014 5:14 PM
Forget the Nigerian government because they are giants without Ba** ,all I ask is were are the Drones? Were are the foreign Help? Were are our Girls?


by: Panassim from: Togo
July 06, 2014 4:17 PM
What happens in Nigeria is a shame for the hole continent. I suggest soldiers react quickly even if some civilians may die. It's a pity.


by: Ali baba from: new york
July 06, 2014 3:14 PM
The Nigerian Gov. has to lunch war against Boko Haram. many people may lose their lives. Eventually ,Boko harm will be destroyed. It has to get worst before it is getting better. Boko harm is a terrorist Islamic organization .they are targeting the weak such as girls in school. they understand the language of power. if the power has not used , their no way to control them .In the process , people get killed and people will be free from the fear of being attack or their children killed or kidnapped


by: Nigerian in diaspora from: Togo
July 06, 2014 2:21 PM
The comments of senator Chris Anyanwu is regrettable because it`s only witch that will standby and watch her children slaughtered. Unfortunately the madam seems to be one of those witches. Governor Okorocha`s decision is laudible and legitimate in view of the prevailing situation. It is a fact that ALL MUSLIMS are not TERRORIST, but ALL TERRORISTS are MUSLIMS. IN the case of Nigeria ALL THE TERRORISTS are NORTHERNERS. BOKO HARAM is the mechanation of the Northern aristocracy aimed at destabilizing the present rulership in Nigeria.


by: African Observer from: USA
July 05, 2014 7:46 PM
The iconvenient truth about about the Nigerian military inability to put down Boko Haram madness is lack of training. Nigerian armed forces have arm carrying soldiers who are properly trained and, to be very blunt, they are combat-tested or ready. I remember what happened to them Liberia. I am unbelievebly shocked that Nigeria planners did not learn anything from combats in Liberia and Sierra Leone.


by: millzy from: Wollongong
July 05, 2014 4:19 PM
Explain the reason why they cannot catch this group. Is it what we all believe that their country has no oil that is why nobody helps in a big way, or who care's.

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by: J from: Naija
July 05, 2014 4:47 PM
The country has too much oil. SO MUCH TROUBLE over the oil.

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