Vanguard (Lagos)

22 April 2013

Nigeria: 185 Killed, 2000 Houses Destroyed in Gun Duel Between Soldiers, Boko Haram

Maiduguri — No fewer than 185 persons including women and children were killed and over 2000 houses destroyed in a gun duel between the Joint Military Task Force, JTF, and suspected members of Boko Haram sect in Baga, Kukawa local government area of Borno State

The Commander of the Nigerian forces, Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye, confirmed the incident while conducting the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima round the affected area.

Edokpaye said the suspected terrorists attacked his men with firepower including RPGs which usually has a conflagration effect.

According to him, it was the conflagration that consumed the town insisting that the resultant deaths should be blamed on the Boko Haram sect who used civilians as human shield while attacking his men.

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