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Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor has told the BBC.
He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village.
The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors reached the city of Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, Cameroon's army says it has killed 116 Nigerian militants who had attacked one of its bases, AFP reports.
The Nigerian army says not only has the US done nothing to help, but has made matters worse with its training of the soldiers who recently committed acts of mutiny.
“Our investigations show that some of the soldiers that were involved in mutiny received training in the US,” a senior Nigerian official told the Nigerian daily, Punch, on Sunday, adding that the soldiers’ mutiny in the fight against Boko Haram Takfiri militants in recent months was due to the "negative training" they received from US trainers.
The official also said, “Another thing Nigerians should note is that since the Americans came here purportedly to help get the Chibok girls, they have not done anything. What have they done with all their technology and might? Is it not suspicious?”
The official also stressed that it might not be easy to tell Americans to leave Nigeria since “they are a super power.”
Nigeria's main opposition leader Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday condemned deadly Boko Haram attacks this weeks in two cities repeatedly hit by the extremist group which seeks to impose an Islamist state in the mainly Muslim north.
At least 31 people were killed on Thursday following a twin blast in central city of Jos, near the site where a similar attack in May killed 118 people. On Wednesday four people lost their lives in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city when two female bombers detonated their explosives in a market.
The attack came less than two weeks after a horrific attack at Kano's central mosque that left some 120 dead.
At least four people have been killed and seven injured in a double attack by female suicide bombers near a market in Kano, northern Nigeria, police say.
One blast hit a vehicle loading area at the Kantin Kwari textile market. Boko Haram militants are suspected of being behind the attacks.
Last month more than 100 people died in a gun and bomb attack during prayers at one of the biggest mosques in Kano.
Some 2,000 have died in attacks blamed on the Islamists so far this year.
AFP news agency quoted state police commissioner Adenrele Shinaba as saying the attacks had been carried out by "two young girls in hijab [Muslim headscarves]".
Nigerian troops have fully reclaimed, and cleared Mubi of Boko Haram insurgents who had earlier taken over the town, the defence headquarters said Friday.
A statement by the Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said troops completed the operation to clear Mubi of terrorists on Thursday.
Mr. Olukolade said a mop-up operation was ongoing to capture any militant who may be lurking around after they had been dislodged during coordinated air and land military operations in the area.
He also said the operation to clear other parts of Nigeria of terrorist activities was continuing.
PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how the military revved up its game against the extremist in Adamawa and Borno States retaking towns as Boko Haram fighters fled.
The report, by a PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter travelling in the area, provided a first-hand account of how the military,
ZUMUNTA ASSOCIATION USA, INC.
PRESS RELEASE CONDEMNING BOKO HARAM
It is indeed very sad that as president of Zumunta Association USA, Inc. I have to issue another press release condemning the activities of the terrorist sect in northern Nigeria called Boko Haram. What a sad commentary on the state of insecurity in our country and in particular, the northern region. When a member of our Zumunta family tells me that his/her spouse has gone to Nigeria to attend a wedding and the individual will be joining the spouse soon, my first reaction is that of excitement for the family. Unfortunately, that excitement is quickly followed by the fear that it is possible I may never hear from this family again because of the horrendous atrocities of Boko Haram. Most of us call Nigeria our first or second home, so one can never advise anyone not to visit family and kin.
That is why it is most disheartening each time I read or learn of the senseless carnage that has become the order of the day in the northern Nigeria. Thus, on behalf of Zumunta USA Inc., I join all those who wish Nigeria well in condemning the recent triple attacks on: (1) the central mosque in the city of Kano killing over 100 Islamic religious worshippers; (2) the killing of children, women and men by girls-suicide bombers in broad day light at a Maiduguri popular market; and (3) the over 45 students of Government Technical Science College Potiskum, in Yobe state massacred by the same perpetrators. Just at the time of this press release, information is coming in about the attack on city of Damaturu in Yobe State. I pray for the repose of the souls of these dead Nigerians, and for Godâ€™s comfort to the families who are now bereaved.
In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali looks at the excuses made for the escalating insurgency in northern Nigeria.
As the relentless violence ascribed to militant Islamist group Boko Haram continues to claim lives and destroy livelihoods, the blame game as to who is responsible for the failure to stop the bloodbath has gone into higher gear.
Over the past week more than 200 people have died in bombings and gun attacks in the northern cities of Kano, Maiduguri, Damaturu and Mubi while Damasak town, near Niger's border, is reported to have been captured by the insurgents.
Initially, the authorities blamed communities for harbouring the insurgents and not supporting the security services enough.
The Nigerian government has ended a U.S. effort to train a battalion of its troops to fight Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group that is responsible for abducting hundreds of schoolgirls earlier this year, according to the State Department.
"We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram," State Department spokesman Rodney Ford said in an email to Military Times on Monday.
Ford did not say exactly what prompted Nigeria to end the training mission.
"The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship, as well as all other assistance programs, with Nigeria," he said. "The U.S. government is committed to the long tradition of partnership with Nigeria and will continue to engage future requests for cooperation and training."
Statement follows deadly suicide attack at mosque, which left at least 120 dead and hundreds wounded
Britain is looking into sending military reinforcements to Nigeria following a request from the African state to help combat Boko Haram Islamists.
Unnamed defense officials told the Telegraph that London was considering boosting its existing training mission in the Nigerian capital of Abuja by sending dozens of military trainers.
The report comes after at least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.
The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north of the country, came just as Friday prayers had started.
The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria's second most senior Muslim cleric, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram.