Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Police kill four members of Boko Haram

23 January 2012

The Nigerian police said on Monday they shot dead four members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram in Maiduguri and recovered explosive materials stored in a car, two days after the sect carried out its most deadly attacks. Bomb attacks and fierce gun battles between the sect and police on Friday in Kano killed at least 178 people, according to hospital staff. “Four members of Boko Haram sect involved in killings in Maiduguri and environs have been under
 surveillance of security agencies and have been shot dead in Pomomari area of Maiduguri yesterday [Sunday],” Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, an officer in the joint military task force, said in a statement.

“Various IED [improvised explosive device] materials prepared for detonation were recovered from their car.”

Boko Haram, which was formed in Maiduguri in 2002, has killed hundreds of people in the last year, mostly in and around its home state of Borno, though its attacks have been spreading across the northern part of Nigeria

In another development, the Nigeria Labour Congress , NLC, has called on the Federal Government to urgently overhaul the country’s security and intelligence community as well as provide modern equipment and manpower that will enable the various agencies improve their competence in handling security challenges.

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