News Flash_Battle Between Nigeria Military, Islamic Extremists Kills 185...!!!

Date: 22-04-2013 1:26 am (9 years ago) | Author: Tony Ladipo
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News Flash_Battle Between Nigeria Military, Islamic Extremists Kills at Least 185

Bloody fighting between army and extremists marks a significant escalation
in the long-running insurgency Nigeria faces in its predominantly Muslim north
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Associated Press
BAGA, NIGERIA

April 21 2013


Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing town in the nation’s far northeast, officials said Sunday. The insurgents reportedly shot rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers sprayed machine-gun fire into civilian neighbourhoods.
The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the town on Lake Chad. By Sunday, when government officials finally felt safe enough to inspect the destruction, they found homes, businesses and vehicles throughout the area.
 
The assault marks a significant escalation in the long-running insurgency Nigeria faces in its predominantly Muslim north, with extremists mounting a co-ordinated assault on soldiers using military-grade weaponry.

Authorities had found and buried at least 185 bodies as of Sunday afternoon, said Lawan Kole, a local government official in Baga. He spoke haltingly to Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima in the Kanuri language of Nigeria’s northeast, surrounded by still-frightened villagers.
Brig. Gen. Austin Edokpaye, also on the visit, did not dispute the casualty figures. Edokpaye said the extremists used heavy machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault, which began after soldiers surrounded a mosque they believed housed members of the radical Islamic extremist network Boko Haram.

Edokpaye said extremists used civilians as human shields during the fighting — implying that soldiers opened fire in neighbourhoods where they knew civilians lived.
 
“’When we reinforced and returned to the scene the terrorists came out with heavy firepower, including (rocket-propelled grenades), which usually has a conflagration effect,” the general said.
 
Sunday afternoon, the burned bodies of cattle and goats still filled the streets. Bullet holes marred burned buildings.
 
“Everyone has been in the bush since Friday night; we started returning back to town because the governor came to town today,” grocer Bashir Isa said. “To get food to eat in the town now is a problem because even the markets are burnt. We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush and creeks.”
 
The Islamic insurgency in Nigeria grew out of a 2009 riot led by Boko Haram members in Maiduguri that ended in a military and police crackdown that killed some 700 people. The group’s leader died in police custody in an apparent execution.

From 2010 on, Islamic extremists have engaged in hit-and-run shootings and suicide bombings, attacks that have killed at least 1,548 people before Friday’s attack.
 
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, has said it wants its imprisoned members freed and Nigeria to adopt strict sharia law across the multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people.



Posted: at 22-04-2013 01:26 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- franel at 22-04-2013 01:40 AM (9 years ago)
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too bad

Posted: at 22-04-2013 01:40 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- Aquarium at 22-04-2013 03:10 AM (9 years ago)
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Oh no! 185 wasted souls.

Posted: at 22-04-2013 03:10 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dlimelite at 22-04-2013 03:49 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 22-04-2013 03:49 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- papadip at 22-04-2013 04:36 AM (9 years ago)
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I guess the “Amnesty” is out of the window or what?
Posted: at 22-04-2013 04:36 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- papadip at 22-04-2013 06:06 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 22-04-2013 06:06 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- miles09 at 22-04-2013 07:14 AM (9 years ago)
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H0LY M0THER 0F MERCY # 180+?Huh? 0h MY G0D
Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:14 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Shegzan at 22-04-2013 07:18 AM (9 years ago)
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Kk!

Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:18 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- pelusman at 22-04-2013 07:25 AM (9 years ago)
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may God deliver us all in dis kontri
Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:25 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- Moriseye at 22-04-2013 07:50 AM (9 years ago)
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IF GEJ DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO  TO STOP THIS BOKO HARAM HE SHOULD HAND OVER TO THE MILLITARY AS HIS OWN BLOOD WILL ALSO BE SHED.
Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:50 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- gbojac at 22-04-2013 07:52 AM (9 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry
Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:52 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chatov at 22-04-2013 07:59 AM (9 years ago)
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When will this stop
Posted: at 22-04-2013 07:59 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- juddycoil at 22-04-2013 08:02 AM (9 years ago)
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 Sad Sad Sad this is bad , why are they not doing anything , this people are feeling they have much power for every failure of this GEJ
Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:02 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- proly at 22-04-2013 08:17 AM (9 years ago)
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Omg 185 dis is too much
Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:17 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- bestbuky at 22-04-2013 08:31 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:31 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Solidstonez at 22-04-2013 08:38 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:38 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Solidstonez at 22-04-2013 08:38 AM (9 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:38 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- aquaglad at 22-04-2013 08:43 AM (9 years ago)
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dis is pure madness hw long will dis continue b4 d rite tin is done
Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:43 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- etibaba at 22-04-2013 08:51 AM (9 years ago)
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Ur headline says soldiers and the news says civilians.

Posted: at 22-04-2013 08:51 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ifemylove at 22-04-2013 09:17 AM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Sad Sad Sad :(185? God of Mercy..
Posted: at 22-04-2013 09:17 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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