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5/28/2014 (10 months ago)

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Terrorist group emerging as well-armed, highly trained force in Nigeria

Thirty-one security personnel have been killed in an armed attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the northeastern town of Buni Yadi. Gunmen attacked a military base and adjacent police barracks personnel, witnesses said. The area was not far from a boarding school massacre where 59 students were shot in killed in February.

One Buni Yadi resident, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the militants arrived in an armored personnel carrier and six Toyota pickup trucks before dismounting and firing into the air. Rocket-propelled grenades were fired at both bases.

One Buni Yadi resident, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the militants arrived in an armored personnel carrier and six Toyota pickup trucks before dismounting and firing into the air. Rocket-propelled grenades were fired at both bases.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/28/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Boko Haram, attack, Buni Yadi, military personnel


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Boko Haram's relentless campaign for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has claimed thousands of lives. The group is by far the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil-producing state. More than 200 girls remain in their custody, after a brazen mass kidnapping last month.

One Buni Yadi resident, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the militants arrived in an armored personnel carrier and six Toyota pickup trucks before dismounting and firing into the air. Rocket-propelled grenades were fired at both bases.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

A senior security source in Yobe state said 17 soldiers were killed and 14 police officers also died.

As ruthless and bloodthirsty as Boko Haram has been in the past, the group did something unexpected in its latest action: the group called out to people on the street not to run away as they had only come for the security forces, Mustafa and the security source said.

The police barracks, the army base, the high court and residence of district head Abba Hassan were razed in the attack.

"One was shouting in English to the others: 'Let's go, let's go. Finish this and let's go'," a policeman who escaped the attack and fled to the state capital Damturu said.

The group, whose name translates to "Western education is a sin," has emerged as a well-armed, fully fledged insurrection.

Following a military offensive to quell their forces last year, Boko Haram has emerged stronger than ever. Occupying a vast, hilly terrain along the border with Cameroon, Boko Haram have repeatedly launched devastating hit and run strikes.

Both Nigeria and its neighbors say Boko Haram now threatens the security of the whole region.

Cameroon has deployed armored vehicles and some 1,000 troops to its border region with Nigeria to counter the rising threat.

Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh says the military knew where the abducted girls were but ruled out using force to rescue them for fear of endangering their lives.

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