16 soldiers, 150 islamists killed in Nigeria
18 September 2013, 11:59
Cape Town - In a fresh attack against extremist Islamist
sect Boko Haram, 16 Nigerian soldiers and 150 sect members, including a top
commander, were killed in the northern state of Borno, local newspaper Vanguard
reported on Wednesday.
Nigeria's army attacked a group of insurgents at Kafiya
forest, between the towns of Maiduguri and Baga in Borno state, acting on an
intelligence report that Boko Haram was planning an attack, according to army
spokesperson Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru.
The incident took place on the weekend, but the army only
released the information late on Tuesday.
"The troops launched an attack and destroyed the enemy
camp, and during the encounter that lasted several hours, the troops killed 150
insurgents while one lieutenant and 15 soldiers lost their lives,"
Attahiru told journalists.
Among the insurgents killed was Abba Goroma, one of the most
wanted Boko Haram commanders on whose head government had placed a 615 000
Soldiers found anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns mounted on
vehicles in the Boko Haram camp, according to the army spokesperson.
Borno is one of three northern states that the government
placed under emergency regulations in May to curb attacks by Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful,"
has been active in the Muslim north of the West African country, regularly
carrying out attacks aimed primarily at Christians.
Since 2009, about 1 500 people have been killed in the