Friday, 16 November 2012

Nigerian military kills Boko Haram Commander as fighting resumes in Eastern DRC

Mende:DRC Information Minister

Nigerian military says it killed a Boko Haram commander on Thursday in the northeast city of Maiduguri during an operation coordinated and executed by almost all the nation's security agents.
Spokesman of the military-led Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement on Thursday evening that a "sustained follow up operation was conducted by the combine troops of the JTF Operation Restore Order, 333 Air Defense Regiment, the Department of State Security supported by Armoured Personnel Carriers with helicopters."
He said the "major offensive" was conducted against the Boko Haram sect at Nganaram, Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters areas of Maiduguri metropolis.
"During the offensive and in a counter attack, a major commander of the Boko Haram terrorist sect, commanding the North West and North East of Maiduguri by name Ibn Saleh Ibrahim, with some of his commanders and foot soldiers," Lt Col Musa added.
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.
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. (Xinhua)
Meanwhile fighting resumed on Thursday in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo after a three-month truce between the government forces FARDC and the M23 rebel group, according to official sources.
A number of combats erupted at Kibumba, 25 km from Goma, capital of the eastern province of North Kivu in the Central African country. Local officials put the death toll at 44 on the side of the M23.
"The positions of the FARDC in the zone of Kibumba were massively attacked by the elements of the M23, which has occupied the small locality of Gisiza in the proximity of the frontier with Rwanda," DR Congo Minister of Media Lambert Mende said.
Mende condemned "the barbarous act" by the M23 while the government was hosting a meeting of military experts from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the provincial capital Goma.
The Goma meeting is the latest in a series held by the 11 ICGLR countries in the past months to prepare an international neutral force along DR Congo's borders. (Xinhua)

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