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Nigeria air and ground attacks to reclaim town from Boko Haram

Nigeria air and ground attacks to reclaim town from Boko Haram

11 September 2014 | 03:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Kano. Nigeria's military launched ground and air offensives against Boko Haram to recapture the northeastern town of Michika that fell to the jihadist militants over the weekend, witnesses said on Wednesday, AFP reports.
Hundreds of troops aided by military jets have been pounding Boko Haram positions in Michika in Adamawa state since Sunday, residents of nearby towns and villages told AFP.
"We have been hearing thunderous explosions from bombs dropped by military jets on Michika," said a Christian priest in Chibok, 20 kilometres (13 miles) from Michika.
Chibok was the scene of a mass abduction by Boko Haram of more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
"The sounds of explosions are more intense at night when flashes of exploding bombs can be seen from Chibok," said the priest, who asked not to be named.
It has been difficult to obtain information from the remote northeastern region where Boko Haram has seized control of numerous towns and villages in recent weeks, forcing thousands to flee their homes.
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US worried over Boko Haram land grab

US worried over Boko Haram land grab

4 September 2014 | 16:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Abuja. The United States on Thursday said it was concerned by increasing Boko Haram violence and territorial gains in Nigeria, warning that the deteriorating situation threatened the African giant's future, AFP reported.
"We are very troubled by the apparent capture of Bama and the prospects for an attack on and in Maiduguri, which would impose a tremendous toll on the civilian population," US Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on a visit to Abuja.
Boko Haram, which has been waging a violent insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2009, has in recent weeks overrun and held swathes of territory in Nigeria's far northeast.
On Monday, the militants reportedly took over Bama, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, although the military disputes the claims.
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