Nigerian forces kill 16 militants

On Wednesday, Army spokesman Colonel Victor Ebhaleme confirmed the death toll among the militants, who “had come to attack the city,” AFP reported.

The militants had been killed late on Tuesday night in Maiduguri’s district of Lawan Bukar.

On Tuesday evening, Nigerian troops attacked suspected hideouts of Boko Haram in different areas of the city. Many residents from the Shehuri, Abbaganaram, Budum, and Hausari neighborhoods as well as other areas fled their homes at the first signs of the attack, which lasted for more than three hours.

On Monday, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a Sunday attack on a church on the outskirts of the northern city of Bauchi, in which 15 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured.

On May 11, Nigerian security forces arrested Suleiman Mohammed, Boko Haram’s head of operations in Kano, along with his wife and five children during a raid on his house in the northern city.

The extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

Human rights groups report that violent actions by Boko Haram since mid-2009 have claimed more than 1,000 lives, including over 300 this year alone.


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