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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:37 AM

Nigeria’s military said on
Saturday it had killed 10
insurgents and arrested 65 as
part of an offensive meant to
wrest back control of parts of
its remote northeast from an Islamist group seen as the main
security threat to Africa’s top oil
producer. A spokesman for Defence
Headquarters also said the
military had seized stockpiles of
weapons including rocket-
propelled grenades, guns and
ammunition from areas around Maiduguri, the main city in the
northeast. “The Special Forces have
apprehended 65 persons
confirmed to be terrorists as
they made attempt to infiltrate
Maiduguri while fleeing from
various camps now under attack,” Brigadier-General Chris
Olukolade said in a statement. He added that in the Gamburu
ward of Maiduguri, the biggest
city in the northeast and the
place where the Boko Haram
uprising began, “a total of
10 suspected terrorists were confirmed dead while weapons
such as Rocket Propelled
Grenade launchers, assorted
ammunition and rifle
magazines were recovered”. The operation against the
militant Islamist sect Boko
Haram began after President
Goodluck Jonathan declared a
state of emergency on Tuesday
in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Nigerian forces used jets and
attack helicopters to bombard
militant camps in the northeast
on Friday, their biggest
offensive since Boko Haram
began an insurgency almost four years ago to try to create a
breakaway Islamic state. Nigerian forces are trying to
regain territory controlled by
well-armed militants in remote
semi-deserts in the area around
Lake Chad, along the borders
with Cameroon, Chad and Niger....www.pointblanknews.com

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