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No resistance to Nigerian extremist attack

25 March 2014, 12:36

Maiduguri - A new video issued by the Boko Haram terrorist network shows extremists shooting confidently in the Nigerian army's main barracks in north-eastern Nigeria and meeting no resistance during a raid earlier this month.

The Nigerian military had reported killing scores of militants to repel a 14 March assault on Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

But the video, delivered on Monday through the same channels as previous Boko Haram messages, showed a different picture.

It showed Islamic extremists breaking into a notorious detention center in the barracks and freeing hundreds, including militants.

In a filmed speech Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claims to have freed 2 000 fighters. He says the people the military killed were wrongfully detained civilians.

Boko Haram often uses videos as claims of responsibility for attacks.

- AP


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