#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA:Dec.21- In this featured report on the rise of the Boko Haram Group AP reported today that thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.
Farther north, Boko Haram employs recruits from Chad to enforce its control in northeastern Nigerian towns and cities.
In Niger, the government has declared a “humanitarian crisis” and appealed for international aid to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees driven from their homes by the insurgency.
These recent events show how neighbouring countries are increasingly being drawn into Nigeria’s Islamic uprising.
Thousands of people have been killed in Nigeria’s 5-year insurgency and some 1.6 million people driven from their homes. A number of soldiers were sentenced to death on Wednesday for refusing to report for duty in an operation against the Boko Haram the African Mail reported.
In a similar case in September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after firing on their commanding officer in the northeast city of Maiduguri, where troops are battling against Boko Haram.
Both sentences are subject to approval by top army brass, but there has so far been no indication that senior officers oppose the rulings.
Poor military equipment
Frontline troops have consistently complained that they lack the weapons and other supplies needed to face Boko Haram in insurgent strongholds.
The Islamists, waging a five-year uprising to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria, are known to have tanks, rocket propelled grenade launchers and other heavy weaponry, while troops have reported lacking ammunition for basic assault rifles.
These series of attacks as outlined blow have continued and are continuing with no end in sight.
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