Hundreds killed in clashes between army and Boko Haram

by David Cyril

More than 100 civilians and several soldiers have been killed in clashes between the military and the Boko Haram group in Kano, the military has announced.

The casualty figure was released following the unsuccessful attempt by the army to recapture the town of Gwoza in north-eastern Borno State, on Monday. Gwoza has been under the control of Boko Haram for more than a week.

“The sheer number of the insurgents and the fact that they were heavily armed prompted the ground troops to request for reinforcements from the air force,” the statement from the Defence Headquarters read.

Meanwhile more than 3,000 lives have been lost so far from January to August 2014.

The Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful,”

Around April 2014 the group abducted over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno State, who are yet to be released.

Boko Haram’s interest has still not been defined, tracing from it first launched attacks in 2009, targeted at Christians, under the pretext of wanting to establish an Islamic state, and latter diversified it attacks in 2013 to government security agents as well as civilians of both Christian and Muslim faith in their homes, markets, hospitals and schools.

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