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Old 04-21-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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BAGA, Nigeria — Officials say fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists in a town in the nation's northeast has killed at least 185 people.

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Nigerian Leader Admits Parts of the Country Now Under Control of Jihadists
May 15, 2013 – Acknowledging that the state has lost control over some territory to radical Islamists, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in three northern states.
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“What we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity,” the leader of Africa’s most populous country said in a televised announcement. “Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance is to different flags and ideologies,” he said. “These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.”

Jonathan declared an emergency in Borno, a state wedged into Nigeria’s north-eastern corner bordering Cameroon, Niger and Chad; and in two neighboring states, Yobe and Adamawa. He said armed forces would have sweeping powers of search and arrest. As for terrorists and their collaborators, “whoever they may be, wherever they may go, we will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terror.” Shortly after the presidential broadcast, the secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno state, the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, was killed.

The Nation of Lagos said the pentecostal church pastor was trailed to his home and shot dead by two gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram, the Islamist group at the center of Nigeria’s security crisis. Boko Haram has declared a violent “jihad” against Nigeria’s Christians while launching increasingly audacious attacks against government facilities. More than 700 Christian deaths were attributed to the group last year alone, and its recent attacks included a May 7 assault on a prison and other government facilities in Borno that left 55 people dead – and saw 105 prisoners escape. Jonathan said in his televised address such attacks “amount to a declaration of war.”

The Obama administration 11 months ago named three Boko Haram leaders under an executive order designed to disrupt funding to terrorists, but has resisted calls by some lawmakers to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Last January, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the administration was still looking into the FTO designation question and “whether that’s the most effective way to deal with the organization.” Despite Boko Haram’s targeting of Christians and its jihadist rhetoric – last August it demanded that Jonathan, a Christian, convert to Islam or resign – U.S. officials have played down religion as a main motivation. “As you know, Boko Haram is at the moment a loosely constructed group attached to trying to address grievances in the north,” Nuland said last June.

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14 May`13 - Admitting Islamic extremists now control some of his nation's villages and towns, Nigeria's president declared a state of emergency Tuesday across the country's troubled northeast, promising to send more troops to fight what he said is now an open rebellion.
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President Goodluck Jonathan, speaking live on state radio and television networks, also warned that any building suspected to house Islamic extremists would be taken over in what he described as the "war" now facing Africa's most populous nation. However, it's unclear what the emergency powers will do to halt the violence, as a similar past effort failed to stop the bloodshed. "It would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve," Jonathan said.

Jonathan said the order will be in force in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. He said the states would receive more troops, though he will not remove state politicians from their posts. Under Nigerian law, the president has the power to remove politicians from their posts and install a caretaker government in emergency circumstances. The president's speech offered the starkest vision of the ongoing violence, often downplayed by security forces and government officials due to political considerations. Jonathan described the attacks as a "rebellion," at one point describing how fighters had destroyed government buildings and "had taken women and children as hostages." "Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance are to different flags than Nigeria's," Jonathan said.

The president later added: "These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten (its) territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this." Since 2010, more than 1,600 people have been killed in attacks by Islamic insurgents, according to an Associated Press count. Recently, Nigeria's military has said Islamic fighters now use anti-aircraft guns mounted on trucks to fight the nation's soldiers, likely outgunning the country's already overstretched security forces.

Meanwhile, violence pitting different ethnic groups against each other continues, with clashes that kill dozens at a time. In addition, dozens of police officers and agents of the country's domestic spy agency were recently slaughtered by a militia. One of the main Islamic extremist groups fighting Nigeria's weak central government is Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's north.

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Boko Haram launches repeat attack on strategic town; 2,000 missing
Jan. 8,`15 (UPI) -- More than 2,000 residents of Baga, a strategic town in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, were missing following Wednesday's attack by Boko Haram militants.
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Boko Haram militants waged a second attack Wednesday against Baga, a strategic town in northeastern Nigeria, burning down nearly the entire town. More than 2,000 residents of Baga were missing following the attack. With dead bodies visible in the town's streets, there was concern they had all been killed. "The whole area is covered in bodies," Ahmed Zanna, a senator for Borno State where the attack happened, told NBC News.


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In addition to the destruction of Baga, the militants also attacked "10-20" nearby communities in the past week, Zanna reported. The attack on Baga Wednesday followed an assault on the town's military base, which hosts the Multi-National Joint Task Force, early Saturday. Government troops, some without weapons, attempted to repel the attack but were forced to flee into the town.

On Monday, Nigerian lawmaker Maina Maaji Lawan estimated that Boko Haram controlled 70 percent of Borno State. Boko Haram began a campaign of terrorism in Nigeria in 2009, attempting to create an Islamic state and to deny Western-style education. Thousands of people have been killed, mostly in northeastern Nigeria since the attacks began. The United States declared it a terrorist group in 2013.

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