35 Militants Killed In Nigeria War

Nigeria’s military said on Monday, 35 members of Boko Haram were killed in the army operation conducted in the northeastern cities, Damaturu.

“Joint Task Force successfully killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists in a shootout between Sunday night and Monday,” said Lt. Eli Lazarus, a military spokesman in Yobe, the state capital of Damaturu.

Curfew imposed in the city late Saturday ahead of the operation, which also captured 60 suspected members of Boko Haram.

The ban has been loosened and residents are now allowed out of the house from 07:00 until 22:00, said Eli. Curfew in the economic capital of Yobe, Potiskum, also eased.

Forces conduct house-to-house in three areas Damaturu started late Sunday night and engaged in “fierce fighting” with the militants until Monday morning, the spokesman said in a statement.

Two soldiers were also wounded in the clash.

Eli added, the number of weapons found in the hideout of Boko Haram includes dozens of guns, explosives and hundreds of ammunition and 32 arrows and two swords.

Sunday, a mother and a child were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a church in the city of Bauchi, northern Nigeria. The bombing was akin to similar attacks claimed by Boko Haram.

Violence has surged in Nigeria since the attacks killed dozens of people during the celebration of Christmas 2011 claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram.

Kano, a city of about 10 million people in northern Nigeria, is the worst hit areas in the violence.

The series of bombings and shootings hit Kano after Friday prayers (20/1), killing 185 people, in attacks claimed by the Boko Haram targeting police headquarters and other police stations, a police building and immigration offices.

Shooting also occurred in some areas of the city, which has so far escaped the worst violence in recent months blamed on the Islamist group.

A Nigerian police source told AFP on Thursday (26/1), about 200 people were arrested after the attack.

The attacks are the deadliest operations by the group and is aimed primarily at the police station.

Boko Haram claimed dozens of attacks in Nigeria, including the August suicide bombing on the UN headquarters in Abuja that killed at least 24 people.

A series of bomb attacks in the city of Jos, central Nigeria, on Christmas Eve 2010 was also claimed by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram launched a violent act in 2009 which was brutally crushed by the military, killing about 800 people and destroyed their mosque and headquarters in the city of Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria.

The group was inactive for about a year and then appeared again in 2010 with a series of murders.

Nigeria’s population of more than 160 million people split in the mostly Muslim north and the south, which is mainly Christian.

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