Nigerian Security Forces Fight Islamists in Dawn Raid in Abuja

Nigerian security forces battled suspected Islamist militants in the capital, Abuja, at dawn as they investigated a weapons cache believed to belong to the Boko Haram group, state security police said.

Troops came under “heavy gunfire attack” after they began searching for arms allegedly buried at a building site, Department of State Services spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said today in an e-mailed statement. “Some persons were injured and 12 others have been arrested.”

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, has carried out gun and bomb attacks in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and the capital, killing thousands of people since 2009 in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria. In 2011, the group detonated a suicide car bomb at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in May to battle the insurgents.

At least 142 corpses were found in a northeastern Nigerian town after an attack by suspected Boko Haram members, Saidu Yakubu, a spokesman for the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency, said yesterday in a statement handed to reporters.

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