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Nigeria: Army closes in on terror group, Boko Haram

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Thursday, 9 February 2012 09:52

Nigeria’s army says its troops were engaged in a 10-hour gun fight with insurgents of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram on Wednesday killing four suspects.

The army said it also captured the largest haul of weapons belonging to the group blamed for various deadly attacks across the West African country.

The high-level military action against Boko Haram comes after the federal government warned the terror attacks by the group could derail Nigeria’s economy.

According to reports, army identified a bomb manufacturing factory run by the Islamist group leading to the confrontation.

Army spokesman, Lieutenant Ikediche Onyenonachi Iweha told journalists that they discovered several unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

He said the insurgents had the substantial fire power to engage security agents in sustained gunfire.

Iweha said the items recovered included 10 AK 47 riffles with 27 loaded magazines; one pump action gun, 223 packets of live ammunition and several mobile police uniforms.

Police uniforms were also found at the factory.

“The sect members disguise as policemen… to launch attacks on police personnel and make it look like policemen are sent to kill their colleagues,” head of the secret police in the northern city of Kano, Bassey Eteng told journalists.

In November last year, Boko Haram members took police uniforms and rifles in raids on police headquarters in the northeastern Yobe state.

On Tuesday, a Boko Haram member dressed like an army officer carried out a suicide bombing at the army headquarters in the northern city of Kaduna.

Residents told reporters they were accustomed to seeing people in police uniform in the neighborhood who they thought were genuine policemen.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has mainly targeted the police and other symbols of authority.

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