50 Boko Haram militants killed in clashes in northeast

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Nigerian Military says the Boko Haram militants were behind the massacre of civilians in Bulabulin-Ngabura village, 50 kilometers North of Maiduguri the Borno state capital. The Spokesman of the Joint Task Force Col. Sagir Musa said. "Troops pursued terrorists to their camps and with air support about 50 terrorists were killed in a shootout". It is difficult to get the number of Civilians killed during these operations because it is only the military that usually gives such figures. And according to Human Rights Groups, sometimes the Military exaggerates its successes and play down casualties. For example, the spokesman of the military Joint Task Force Colonel Sagir Musa says civilian casualties were not known during this recent operation. A newly formed anti-insurgency division of the Nigerian military has been formed but peace has not returned to Borno State over three months after a State of emergency was announced by Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan. Experts believe the Government should find a negotiated solution to the problem. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of gun and bomb attacks around Nigeria since its leader was allegedly killed by the Nigerian Police in 2009. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has increasingly come under severe criticism from even members of the ruling party for not being able to contain the insecurity in Nigeria.

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