Thursday, November 29, 2012

One soldier, three Boko Haram sect killed in Nigerian city

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian military authority said one soldier died on Wednesday during an exchange of fire with Boko Haram while three of the sect were shot dead in the troubled northeast city of Maiduguri.

Spokesman of the military led Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa told Xinhua that the soldier died during a special operation conducted in the metropolis which also resorted into the killing of three of the suspected Islamists while 31 were arrested.

"Based on information, a cordon and search operation was conducted at Bulabulin Nganaram area in Maiduguri metropolis at about 12:30 p.m., local time. In an exchange of fire, one soldier was killed, one injured and one immigration personnel missing in action," he said.

"Three Boko Haram men were killed, 31 suspected Boko Haram were arrested, one Ak 47 rifles, one G3 rifle and some quantity of assorted magazines and ammunition's were recovered," Lt Col. Musa added.

Militants of the Boko Haram sect staged an uprising in Maiduguri in 2009, attacking state institutions including prisons, police stations and schools. Hundreds of people have been killed ever since, either in the attacks or clashes with local security forces.

2012-11-29 05:45:02

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