Nigerian troops claims success against Boko Haram insurgents

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 09:19

Abuja: Nigeria`a military said they have recorded successes in their fight against insurgents by arresting more than 100 members of the radical group Boko Haram and forced them to flee from some areas they had captured.

In a sweeping offensive against Boko Haram, military arrested more than 100 members of the extremist group under an order from President Goodluck Jonathan who had declared emergency rule in three troubled northern states to quell the insurgency.

A statement from the defence spokesman, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said Nigerian troops now occupy camps built by the insurgents.

According to the military, captured insurgents are undergoing interrogation and are giving useful information.

The border with Niger has been sealed to stop the militants from escaping but several civilians who feared for their lives had already crossed to Niger and Cameroun.

Officials say some 2,000 people have fled to neighbouring Niger, while more have crossed into Cameroon, since the army launched its offensive in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe last week.

Boko Haram wanted to carve out an Islamic caliphate from northern Nigeria but the oil rich African country`s president declared emergency in the states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa where they were prevalent.

More than 2,000 people have died since the radicals started their killings in 2009.


First Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 09:19

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