Jan. 1, 2012 (Xinhua)
Nigeria’s military Joint Task Force (JTF)
deployed to the troubled northeast city of Maiduguri on Tuesday said it killed 13 Boko Haram Islamists in a clash with the
militia.A soldier also died while two other soldiers were wounded in the encounter at about 4 p.m. local time, Lt Col Sagir Musa, spokesperson of the task force, said in a statement received by Xinhua.
He said the encounter took place at
Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters of
Maiduguri. “During the encounter, the JTF lost one soldier and two were wounded. Thirteen Boko Haram terrorists lost their lives; Civilians were well protected and have no casualty recorded as a result of the encounter. The operation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang and recover more weapons,” the statement said. He also said they busted an arms cache and recovered some arms.
Maiduguri, located in Nigeria’s northeastern region, is a Boko Haram
flashpoint, where the Nigerian
government had declared and lifted some curfews due to wave of attacks. Waves of attacks believed to be
perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect have been reported in the northern and central parts of Nigeria.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its latest report that more than 1,500 people, including women and children, had been killed in various attacks by the Boko Haram sect since 2009.