Nigerian Troops on New Offensive Against Islamists

Nigerian Troops on New Offensive Against Islamists

Nigerian President Jonathan inspects the guard of honour outside the Parliament in Cape Town

(Reuters) – Nigeria launched a military campaign on Wednesday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast.

Nigerian troops deployed in large numbers, part of a plan to rout an insurgency by the Boko Haram Islamist group that has seized control of parts of the region.

“The operations, which will involve massive deployment of men and resources, are aimed at asserting the nation’s territorial integrity,” a Defense Headquarters statement said.

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