News / Africa

Witnesses: 19 Dead at Fake Nigerian Checkpoint

VOA News
Witnesses say suspected Boko Haram militants dressed as Nigerian soldiers killed 19 people Sunday at a fake checkpoint near the border with Cameroon.
 
Survivors and others near the scene say 19 bodies, including those of two truck drivers, were recovered at the ambush site about 30 kilometers from the border near the town of Logumani. 
 
The leader of a civilian vigilante group aligned with the government told the French News Agency his group found five of the victims shot dead, while the remaining 14 were hacked to death.
 
Other reports quoted witnesses as saying the killings only stopped when the attackers sped off on motorcycles after one of them received a phone call while the slaughter was under way.
 
Boko Haram Islamists have been fighting since 2009 to impose a strict form of Islamic law on Nigeria's Muslim-majority north. 
 
The militants have been blamed for thousands of deaths, and continue to launch attacks in the northeast, despite an all-out government military offensive ordered by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in May.
 
Analysts say the government offensive, including airstrikes, ground attacks and the use of locally organized civilian militias, has driven the militants into the remote northeast, where they appear to be regaining strength.

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: OGBA JACOB from: ABA, NIGERIA
October 21, 2013 4:45 PM
north want the america prediction on nigeria to come to pass

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 21, 2013 11:05 AM
We never can be sure now who really are the attackers. Running away does not make them specifically boko haram even though it's common to find some boko haram elements within the ranks of the security operatives. How did they get the army uniform and how did they escape being detected until they had done their duty? Who called them and why was there no follow up chase? Why was there no call to the security operatives?

The end of this problem seems in sight. Soon the south will pull back, and we shall have another Middle East region here. Then it will be fire for fire. Just let Jonathan speed up the national conference that will demarcate the country so that those who want to rule a divided Nigeria will choose what part they want. Until the southern weakness is pulled out and the middle belt tiger let off the hook, there will be nothing strong enough to tackle boko haram insurgency in the country - not the army, not the police, not the joint task force - all of them are compromised being sponsored by one emir or another, one bigman or another, one politician or another (serving or retired), who are the real jihadists and sponsors of boko haram.

by: Anonymous
October 21, 2013 5:39 AM
who are boko haram, n who are so northern leaders

by: Jazz Alter from: lagos
October 21, 2013 1:28 AM
No matter how long an evil flourishes good will always defeat it.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs