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    Witnesses: 19 Dead at Fake Nigerian Checkpoint

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    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.

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    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.

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