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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Missing Nigerian schoolgirls

Talk about a lack of state capacity.

Chibok - Protesters Mark 140 Days of Abduction
BringBackOurGirls protesters Monday marked the 140 days of the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.

The protesters, dressed in red fliers, insisted that rescuing the abducted girls is the responsibility of the government…

Many Killed As Troops, Boko Haram Fight in Bama

Dozens of people have been reportedly killed when Nigerian troops and members of the Boko Haram sect at the early hours of today engaged in fierce battle for the control of Bama, one of the most populous towns in Borno State, witnesses said.

It was gathered that during the fight, the Boko Haram insurgents suffered heavy casualty after they met resistance from Nigerian soldiers who were earlier mobilized to Bama for onward deployment to Gwoza.

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seize' Bama town in Borno

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say.

Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added.

The military has not yet officially commented on the claim that it has lost control of Bama, the second biggest town in Borno state…

If confirmed, the capture of Bama would be an extremely significant development and would raise concerns that Boko Haram's next target will be Maiduguri, the state capital about 70km (45 miles) away, says BBC Hausa service editor Mansur Liman in the capital, Abuja…

Nigeria's Bama Still in State Control After Islamist Assault: Government
The Nigerian town of Bama remains under government control after an assault by Boko Haram, the Borno state government and local vigilante groups said on Wednesday, contradicting reports that the Islamist group had seized much of it.

The attack on Bama began on Monday, and on Tuesday residents and several security sources, including a soldier on the ground, said the insurgents had overrun much of it...

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At 8:31 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

As Islamist Militants Advance, Residents Flee a Nigerian City

Amid fears that Islamist militants were closing in on the major city in Nigeria’s northeast, hundreds of residents were said to be fleeing Maiduguri on Thursday in the face of doubts that the army could repel an attack on the metropolis of more than one million people.

The militant group Boko Haram has captured towns to the north, south and east of Maiduguri in recent months in a series of bloody assaults, and appears also to have taken control of the last major town on the road southeast of the city, Bama, 45 miles away, according to reports on Thursday in Nigerian news media and accounts of witnesses. The militants have already announced in video messages their intention to carve out an Islamist territory in Nigeria’s north. A successful attack on Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, a major commercial and government hub and the capital of Borno State, would represent a significant advance...


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