Boko Haram faction linked with ISIS claim responsibility for latest attacks

A faction of Boko Haram linked with ISIS is claiming responsibility for recent attacks on army bases in the north east.

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram on Friday claimed an attack on a military base in Nigeria’s northeast that killed three, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

“The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed killing three Nigerian soldiers in a raid on their base in Kareto” in Borno state, said the group, which monitors jihadist activity.

ISWAP claimed in the communique that three soldiers were killed in the clashes and that they captured an “array of weapons and ammunitions as spoils”, according to the statement.

The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday.

“We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing,” a military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday.

At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village.

They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said. In mid-2016, ideological differences caused Boko Haram to split into two factions, one led by Abubakar Shekau, the other recognised by the IS group.

Despite the Nigerian government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, it still carries out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores. On November 9, Shekau claimed several attacks in northeast Nigeria in a video message obtained by AFP.

More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the insurgency in the remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless.

Now that ISIS is actively involved in helping Boko Haram carry out attacks in Nigeria it is time for the politicians to stop playing politics with the issue and focus on ending the menace.

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Army vows to end Boko Haram in the shortes possible time- Buratai

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has stated that the force is keen to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end in the very near future.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Thursday said the Nigerian Army is on top gear to end insurgency in the North East and the country at large.

He made the assertion, during the demonstration and closing ceremony of the Sixth Edition of Exercise Vulcan Glow, organized by the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA) in Kachia, Kaduna State.

Represented by the Commander Nigerian Infantry Corp, Major General Hakeem Okiti, the COAS said the exercise has further reaffirmed Army’s resolve to remain well trained and focused in the discharge of its constitutional duties.

“This is more so, at a time when the nation and the military is on top gear in addressing security challenges most especially Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal activities bedevilling our nation’s territory,” he said.

“This exercise which is an annual event will continue to be used to provide the needed training for NACA personnel towards improving their competence and that of the Nigerian Army in general,” Buratai added.

In his welcome address, the Commander Artillery Corps, Major General Abubakar Tarfa said the exercise is an artillery concentration exercise conducted to practice the planning, preparation, employment and deployment of artillery resources in all phases of conventional and unconventional wars.

“This year’s Exercise VULCAN GLOW therefore, provided an avenue for the Nigerian Army leadership to confirm NACA preparedness in carrying out its roles in realization of the COAS vision, of having a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles,” he said

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Police arrest Ebonyi indigenes for plotting to blow up Imo State

The Nigeria Police have arrested two men for plotting to set Imo State on fire via explosives.

Galandachi, while parading the suspects at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri on Wednesday, said, “The operatives of the Police Mobile Force 18 Squadron during a routine stop and search duty at their checkpoint by the UBA junction in Orlu, arrested the suspects, who were on a motorcycle and in possession of a suspicious looking object.

“Upon discrete interrogation and investigation, the object was discovered to be an Improvised Explosive Device or homemade bomb.”

“The suspects revealed that the IED was handed over to them on November 7, at Effiong in Ebonyi State, where they converge to hold their meetings, and from where they moved down to Ihiagwa, Owerri West LGA in Imo State and given the IED by one Chijioke Jimmy, an indigene of Ebonyi State, who is resident in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.”

The proliferation of arms in the country has reached an alarming state and the government need to act fast to prevent catastrophe.

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Atiku reveals how Boko Haram was created

The presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakae has revealed how the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect was formed.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said Boko Haram was formed by youths abandoned by politicians. The PDP presidential candidate stated this in a chat with The Africa Report while speaking on how he’ll counter the sect.

“I happen to know how Boko Haram came into being. They were offshoots of political thuggery. Politicians used those boys in Boko Haram to win elections and then abandoned them and then there were no jobs for them.

“It was the same thing with the Niger Delta. In 1998, I saw it myself and I warned people. It’s going to be a multifaceted approach. It will involve negotiations. It will involve military action”, he said.

On the incessant herders/farmers clashes and cattle-rustling, Atiku declared that grazing reserves was the solution.

“In each province in the north, we used to have a grazing reserve. During the season, the cattle are in the reserves. “When it is off-­season when farmers would have cultivated all their crops, then the cattle move out to the areas where the farmers have cultivated, allowing the grass in the grazing reserves to grow. These grazing reserves have been abandoned over the years.

On the fate of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Atiku noted that the rule of law must be respected.

His words: “I don’t want to be individualistic on this issue. I reject any illegal detention, any detention that is not based on rule of law and order. Dasuki is being detained il­legally. It is only a court that will say whether he is guilty or not.”

On calls for secession by some South-East, Atiku hinted on “a conference to discuss reconstruction”

“I don’t think there is any part of this country that wants to leave this country. All they want is fairness, equity and justice”, he added.

The story of Boko Haram is not new to most Nigerian but can Atiku do a better job at ending the menace than Buhari?

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Nigerian Army Decries Mischievous Report

Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Colonel Kingsley Samuel, made the clarifications in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Samuel said that the military did not enforce restriction on travellers, adding that the report was mischievous and designed to cause breach of peace in the state.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army, 7 Division, has been drawn to the circulation on social media of a purported travel time restrictions on travellers in Maiduguri.
“The statement is completely false and clearly a mischief intended to misinform, cause disaffection and breach of peace. At no time such statement was issued by anyone on travel time restrictions.
“For the avoidance of doubt, members of the public are please informed that there is no travel time restriction of any kind emanating from 7 Division,” he said.
While calling on the people to be law-abiding and go about their lawful businesses, Samuel urged them to provide useful information to security agencies to enable them to counter insurgency and other sundry crimes.

Too Many children, Poverty the main cause of Boko Haram- Emir Sanusi

The Emir of Kano has suggested that the Boko Haram menace will continue to fester unless the double issue of poverty and high birth rate is tackled.

One of Nigeria’s leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence.

More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the country’s remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless.

Nigeria’s government and military maintains it has severely weakened the jihadists to the point of defeat but attacks remain a constant threat to civilians and soldiers.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said the Islamist militants would always find willing recruits unless the root causes of radicalisation were addressed.

“We cannot divorce insecurity from the discourse on development and discourse on poverty,” he told academics and clerics at a conference on Boko Haram in Kano city.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said climate change, particularly the shrinking of Lake Chad, has had a devastating effect on local livelihoods.

Northeast Nigeria is largely dependent on fishing and agriculture but nine years of fighting has blighted both industries.

The Emir has spoken well, but do you agree that the over population is one of the reasons for the unrest in the North East?

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PICTURES: Army Foils attempt by 19-year-old suicide bomber from blowing herself up

The Nigeria Army has stopped a 19-year-old Boko Haram trained suicide bomber from carrying out her act recently.

A female suicide bomber has been arrested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nineteen-year-old Shaidatu Adamu was arrested by soldiers after an attempt to detonate a suicide vest in Maiduguri.

She was arrested by troops of the 251 Task Force Battalion in Maiduguri.

She also disclosed that she had been in Sambisa Forest for about three years.

Troops from 47 Explosive Ordinance Device Battalion were invited to defuse the explosives, while Adamu has been transferred to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri for further investigation.

The Army this time did well to stop this lady from completing her mission, but it must be asked how this lady was coopted into wanting to take her life for a cause?

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TIME IS RUNNNIG OUT: Buhari talks tough, promise to end Boko Haram before leaving office

President Buhari has stated his administration’s commitment to bringing an end to the Boko Haram menace ravaging parts of the country.

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to ending the unending Boko Haram insurgency, saying it would ensure that the menace was completely eliminated. President Muhammadu Buhari stated at the opening of the International Conference on insurgency in Kano.

Mr Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazau, said the government was determined to end the sufferings of victims of insurgency, especially in the North-east which is worst affected.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Islamic Civilisation and Interfaith Dialogue, Bayero University, Kano, in collaboration with Information Institute of Islamic Though, Nigeria Office and Kano State Government.

According to the lieutenant general (retd), the federal government will do everything possible to ensure that victims of the attacks return to their respective towns and villages to enable them continue with normal life. He noted that the activities of Boko Haram insurgents had led to destruction of schools, worship places and other public structures, and stressed the need for concerted effort to rebuild the places.

“We must continue to support our youth to make sure that lack of employment does not create problems to our country again. We must also strengthen our various institutions so as to guide our youths to be self-reliant and be able to contribute their quota toward the development of the country,” he said.

Mr Buhari commended Kano, Borno, Yobe and other states which had taken the pain in taking care of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their respective states. He also commended the effort of civil society organisations and other bodies that had been working to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs in the affected states.

“Government also wishes to appreciate the efforts and charge our schools to continue to support the youths to be useful members of the society.’’

He noted that the reintroduction of teaching of history in secondary schools would enable the youth to know the history of the country and promote unity and peaceful coexistence in the country.

The president expressed the hope that the conference would come up with useful suggestions that would guide policy makers to implement policies and programmes for the development of the country.

The conference which had “Insurgency and the Phenomenon of Boko Haram’’ as theme, was attended by persons within and outside the country, including representatives of security agencies and traditional rulers.

Can the Buhari administration put an end to Boko Haram?

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Jubilation As Nigeria’s Mighty Army Kills Boko Haram Commanders, Recaptures Communities

Nigerian Army, yesterday, said its troops killed two Boko Haram commanders and recaptured some communities in the ongoing clearance operations in Borno State.
The Army, in its Twitter handles, said the commanders identified as Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki, were killed in the operation.
It said: “Recall that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Chibok and 28 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, embarked on joint clearance operations from Gumsuri to Gambori in Borno on November 9. They successfully cleared and liberated some villages.
“Reports just reaching Nigerian Army Headquarters confirmed that two high profile Boko Haram terrorists’ commanders named Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki were killed during the clearance operations.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, commended the gallant troops and urged them to carry out further incursions and clearance operations to ensure that the remnants of the insurgents were completely wiped out.”
Meanwhile, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, yesterday, revealed that Boko Haram insurgents came on a robbery mission on Saturday night at Bale Shuwa village in Jere council of Borno State and made away with cows, sheep and goats.
Alhaji Bashir Garga, NEMA’s North-East Zonal Coordinator, who made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri, said: “Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa village in Jere Local Government Area at about 7:30p.m. on Saturday.
“One disabled person was allegedly killed and 65 houses were burnt, while 200 cows, 300 sheep and goats were carted away.”
Garga added that those wounded in the attack were provided with treatment, noting that humanitarian needs assessment is being conducted, to ensure mobilisation of immediate relief assistance to the victims.

HORRIBLE!! Suicide bomber kills three in deadly attack

That some people will think little of themselves so much so that they will choose to become a human bomb who will is a strange phenomenon that has become normal in recent times.

At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group.

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Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said another eight people were wounded in the blast, which struck in front of a high school in the downtown area of the Afghan capital. A photo shared on WhatsApp showed several bodies laying on the ground.

“The suicide attacker on foot wanted to target protesters, but he was stopped at a security checkpoint some 200 metres from the site,” interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. There have been casualties and I can say most of them are security forces.”

A police officer at the scene said he could see 10 to 15 casualties on the ground, as well as body parts. He said most of the victims were members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and police, which had been deployed to secure the city during the protest.

“It was a huge blast near Istiqlal high school, very close to where the demonstrators were gathering,” witness Qais Nawabi told AFP.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Demonstrators, including university students, had taken to the streets of Kabul to demand the deployment of military reinforcements to two Hazara-dominated districts in the southeastern province of Ghazni which have been attacked by the Taliban.

The explosion came as Afghan security forces step up ground and air offensives in Jaghori and Malistan districts, where Hazara pro-government fighters and Afghan troops are battling the militants.

Fighting in the area has been ongoing since Wednesday, fanning fears that the violence could be rooted in ethnic or sectarian differences. Most Hazaras belong to the Shiite branch of Islam.

The Taliban, which are Sunni and largely ethnic Pashtuns, have been accused of committing human rights violations against the group during their oppressive 1996-2001 rule.

“We have no news from our people living there,” Asif Ashna, one of the protesters, said in a Facebook live broadcast. If the government’s duty is to protect the lives of the people then why have they not taken any measures in the past week?”

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Protester Ishaq Anis told AFP that security forces should be permanently based in Jaghori and Malistan to prevent “further attacks against Hazara people”.

Hazaras have long criticised the government for failing to protect them from Taliban and Islamic State group attacks, even suggesting the blundering was deliberate.

The escalation in violence comes as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad returned to the region as part of efforts to convince the Taliban to end the 17-year war.

How is the best way to end the menace of Suicide bomber?

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