Friday, May 17, 2013

Nigerian forces bomb Islamist militant camps from the air

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 create a breakaway Islamic state. A military source said at least 30 insurgents had been killed in the operation, which the defense headquarters spokesman said included the Sambisa game reserve in Borno state, center of the uprising and heart of a medieval Islamic empire."It is not just Sambisa, every camp is under attack," the spokesman, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, said by telephone. "But we have not done the mopping up operations on the ground to determine the numbers killed.
Nigerian forces are trying to regain territory controlled by well-armed Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in remote northeastern stronghold states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, put under a state of emergency by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.

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