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Boko Haram Battle Called A ‘Tough Fight’ By The U.S. State Department

The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram is believed to have been behind the shooting down of the Nigerian Air force helicopter that was on a training mission around Borno state, according to reports by the International Business Times, and Catholic World, including local daily claims.

Nigeria’s military helicopter ‘take down,’ coupled with the recent take-over of the town of Damboa, in the Borno State, was called part of ‘a tough fight’ by Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman. Her comments came Wednesday during the department press briefing in Washington, monitored by a SaharaReporters correspondent.

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Several Persons Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Damboa In Borno Damboa has been reportedly deserted by soldiers since the Boko Haram attack on security formations there about two weeks ago.Several people are feared killed as gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram attacked Damboa in Borno State on Friday morning.READ MORE…
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Several Persons Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Damboa In Borno

Damboa has been reportedly deserted by soldiers since the Boko Haram attack on security formations there about two weeks ago.

Several people are feared killed as gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram attacked Damboa in Borno State on Friday morning.

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Jonathan Requests One Billion Dollar Foreign Bailout To Battle Boko Haram

Today, President Goodluck Jonathan pleaded with the Nigerian legislature for approval to borrow up to $1 billion, to help the military combat the Boko Haram insurgency.

The request, delivered via a July 15th letter titled “Tackling ongoing security challenges for urgent action”, appealed for further “government to government” funding to fight mounting security issues. “You are no doubt cognisant of the on-going and serious security challenges which the nation is facing as typified by the Boko-Haram terrorist threat,” Jonathan wrote the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Police Arrest Another Ranking Member Of Boko Haram Following the massive onslaught by Security Forces on the activities of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, at the Balmo Forest Bauchi State, Police detectives attached to Bauchi State Police Command on Saturday, 12/7/2014 about 2pm have arrested one Mohammed Zakari, a male of 30 years old and senior member of the Boko Haram terrorists’ organization along Darazo-Basrika Road while fleeing from the intensive counter insurgency operations going on around the Balmo Forest. READ MORE…
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Police Arrest Another Ranking Member Of Boko Haram

Following the massive onslaught by Security Forces on the activities of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, at the Balmo Forest Bauchi State, Police detectives attached to Bauchi State Police Command on Saturday, 12/7/2014 about 2pm have arrested one Mohammed Zakari, a male of 30 years old and senior member of the Boko Haram terrorists’ organization along Darazo-Basrika Road while fleeing from the intensive counter insurgency operations going on around the Balmo Forest.

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Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorists Bases In Balmo Forest: Capture Foreign Mercenaries

In the latest twist in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian military announced that it has conducted major breakthrough just hours ago.  In a statement issued to the media, and one also obtained by SaharaReporters, military spokesmen say their persistence has paid off in the continuing fight.
 
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“Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.  Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

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63 Women Kidnaped By Boko Haram Escape After Sect Suffered Heavy Casualty In Damboa Attack

Some 63 out of about 70 women abducted in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram gunmen last week, have escaped from their captors, security sources and witnesses said.

The women managed to regain their freedom as their captors mobilized out of their hideout to attack military and police formations in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, on Friday night and Saturday morning, according to security sources.

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Ife Bombing, PDP And Boko Haram, Part I By Ola’ Idowu

We are living in desperate times now and it’s becoming clear as the days go by that the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan’s burning ambition to be re-elected would come at all cost even with the blood of Nigerians. The recent bomb explosion in Ife, Osun State has all but exposed the hands of the PDP and shown that Boko Haram is of three types- There is the religious Boko Haram led by Abubakar Shekau which all know, there is the criminal minded ones and there is the political Boko Haram which in the run-up to the 2015 elections everyone would find out is the militant wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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"Inside the Diaspora with Fatima" Eps. 11 : The #BringBackOurGirls Campaign And The Call For Action

It’s been over two months now since almost 300 girls were kidnapped by the militant sect Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria and they are yet to be rescued. In this episode, we take you to a Union Square rally where hundreds of protesters voiced their opinions about the abduction and the frustrations caused by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

Nkechi Ogbodo, President and Founder of Kechie’s Project, a non-profit organization committed to empowering girls in Nigeria and America with the educational and social support needed to become future leaders. She give her perspectives of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and what her organization has been doing to fight for the girls to be returned safely.  

There was also the street trivia and so much more.

Visit www.kechiespoject.org for more information.

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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Governor Okorocha Urged To Stop Discriminatory Identity Card Project For Northerners In Imo State

By SaharaReporters, New York

The All Progressives Congress (APC) South East has called on Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to rescind what it called the “unconstitutional and undemocratic” plan to issue identity cards to Northerners in the state.

In a statement by Osita Okechukwu, spokesman for APC South East Zone, it said while it condemned the devilish and heinous atrocities of the Boko Haram elements, it believed that they are not executing a Northern script, describing their agenda opaque and futile.

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Big News in Washington this Week

Nigeria and U.S. Cut Another Deal: The Public Relations Battle

By SaharaReporters, New York

The hapless Nigerian government has finally found a way to deal with the ruthless Boko Haram terror group — hire a Washington PR firm.

This story as reported in The Hill magazine, known for its coverage of political activities, deals being cut among elected congressional officials, and other movement inside the so-called ‘Beltway’ in the American capital, is a focus. The current piece appeared this week on the steps in boxes in the capitol building grounds. Interest among Washington forces in the continued fight between Nigerian military forces and the Boko Haram remains high.

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