PoliticsNews & AnalysisNigeria steps up fight against Boko Haram


Posted on Friday, 09 September 2011 14:21

Nigeria steps up fight against Boko Haram

By Konye Obaji Ori

The Nigerian security authorities have undertaken to act on information about the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram to stop it from carrying out terrorist activities.

Nigerian security forces/Reuters

The new strategy has been prompted by concerns that the terror group continues to gain credibility and prominence on the local and international stage.

Following reports that Boko Haram planned to attack military establishments including the headquarters of the armed forces, Nigerian security authorities have taken action.

The Defense headquarters in the capital city of Abuja is now a no-go-area and soldiers have been put on alert.

Analysts say by targeting the army headquarters Boko Haram wants to revenge the brutal military campaign against the group spearheaded by the Special Task Force in Borno state.

After the bombings of the police headquarters and the UN house few weeks ago, the task force has reportedly upped its game against the militants.

There are reports that the military is now restricting movement into and out of military headquarters, as well as the Defense building in Abuja.

Despite the precautionary measures taken by the military authorities, some experts on terrorism advice that the security measures must be applied across the board as Boko Haram could utilise the distraction strategy of promising to blow up one area, only to target another one.

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