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Nigerian states hit with state of emergency

From BBC
Members of the Boko Haram fully armed
Members of the Boko Haram fully armed

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared a state of emergency in three northern states after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups.

President Jonathan says the military will take all necessary actions to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The Nigerian President also ordered more troops to be sent to the north-eastern states.

Militants from Boko Haram have been blamed for most of the violence, which has left 2,000 people dead since 2010.
Boko Haram means ‘western education,’ something forbidden in the local Hausa language.

The group is fighting to overthrow the Nigerian Government to create Islamic states in the north.

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency across an already militarized area of northern Nigeria.

This is not the first time he has taken such action, following an upsurge of attacks by Islamist militants.
The question is whether or not more troops on the ground will make any difference.

Many analysts say the military has been losing the battle for hearts and minds, and abuse allegations have helped boost Boko Haram.  

 


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