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Nigeria: 29 Islamists Killed in Two Raids

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The Nigerian military says troops have killed 29 suspected Boko Haram militants in raids since Thursday.

A military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Dole, says troops killed 20 insurgents during an "offensive operation" late Friday in Bita, a town near the Cameroonian border. He says one soldier was killed during the operation.

In a statement obtained by VOA, Dole said Boko Haram had been using the area as a staging ground to launch attacks on villages and people driving through the region.

On Friday, the military said nine suspected members of the Islamist militant group were killed during a shooutout in the country's northeast.

Officials said the fighting took place on Thursday, about 85 kilometers south of Maiduguri, a Boko Haram stronghold.

There have been no independent confirmations of the incidents.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been fighting to impose a strict form of Islamic law on Nigeria's Muslim-majority north. The group has launched frequent attacks on police stations, jails, government officials and civilian targets.

On Wednesday, the United States named Boko Haram and the Nigerian-based militant group Ansaru as foreign terrorist organizations.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the two groups were responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria in recent years.

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by: nkwocha daniel from: nigeria
November 17, 2013 3:36 AM
What next after naming them terrorist organisations?

by: Sunny Enwerem from: Nigeria
November 16, 2013 10:14 PM
Call in the drones to keep watch of our border zones,after all its cheaper than putting out military in harms way,I am yet to hear from a military friend involved in watching over one of the check points in Bouchi state,his name is Dauda but well known as Raster,phone number 08066743499,picture is on Nightline Africa facebook page,every life matters.

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