Nigerian security forces kill 52 militants

Nigerian security forces kill 52 militants
# 10 March 2013 04:54 (UTC +04:00)

The militants had been killed over 10 days of fighting in the northeastern Borno state, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for the Nigerian military's Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno state, said on Saturday.

He stated that a series of operations had been conducted against the militants over past 10 days.

"During these operations under the period stated, there were exchanges of fire that led to the death of 52 Boko Haram terrorists including 10 commanders of the sect," he said. "Seventy terrorists were also arrested."

He added that the JTF had also confiscated a large number of weapons from the militants.

On Monday, eight people were killed in Gwoza, a village in the northeastern state of Borno, in an attack by the Boko Haram.

Boko Haram 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 in 2012.

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