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Nigeria vigilantes kill Islamic militants


By HARUNA UMAR and ADAMU ADAMU
Associated Press

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said.

Residents in Nigeria's northern states have been forming vigilante groups in various areas to resist the militants who have held more than 270 schoolgirls captive since last month.

In Kalabalge, a village about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, residents said they were taking matters into their own hands because the Nigerian military is not doing enough to stem Boko Haram attacks.

Nigeria Vigilantes Kill Islamic Militants

On Tuesday morning, after learning about an impending attack by militants, locals ambushed two trucks with gunmen, a security official told The Associated Press. At least 10 militants were detained, and scores were killed, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give interviews to journalists. It was not immediately clear where the detainees were being held.

Kalabalge trader Ajid Musa said that after residents organized the vigilante group, "it is impossible" for militants to successfully stage attacks there.

"That is why most attacks by the Boko Haram on our village continued (to) fail because they cannot come in here and start shooting and killing people," he said. Earlier this year in other parts of Borno, some extremists launched more attacks in retaliation over the vigilante groups.

Borno is where more than 300 girls were abducted last month and one of three Nigerian states where President Goodluck Jonathan has imposed a state of emergency, giving the military special powers to fight the Islamic extremist group, whose stronghold is in northeast Nigeria.

Britain and the U.S. are now actively involved in the effort to rescue the missing girls. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said FBI agents and a hostage negotiating team are in Nigeria now, providing technology and other materials and working with "our Nigerian counterparts to be as helpful as we possibly can." U.S. reconnaissance aircraft are flying over Nigeria in search of the missing girls.

The group kidnapped the girls on April 15 from a school in Chibok. At least 276 of them are still held captive, with the group's leader threatening to sell them into slavery. In a video released on Monday, he offered to release the girls in exchange for the freedom of jailed Boko Haram members.

A Nigerian government official has said "all options" are now open - including negotiations or a possible military operation with foreign help.

Jonathan this week sought to extend the state of emergency for six more months in the states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.

That move is being opposed by some leaders in northern Nigeria who say the emergency measure has brought no success. Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said in a statement received Wednesday that his government "takes very strong exception" to attempts to extend the state of emergency - a period that he described as "marked more by failure than by success."

The measure was imposed May 14, 2013, and extended in December.

During this period Nigerian government forces have been accused of committing rights abuses, charges denied by the military, and the threat from Boko Haram has appeared to intensify.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the top State Department official for Africa, said in a web chat Wednesday that "part of our work with the (Nigerian) government is to help train members of their security how not to commit human rights violations."

Boko Haram has killed more than 1,500 people this year. Although the security forces have forced the militants out of urban centers, they have struggled for months to dislodge them from hideouts in mountain caves and the Sambisa forest.

Last week, as world attention focused on the abducted schoolgirls, Islamic militants attacked the town of Gamboru, in Borno state, and killed at least 50 people, according to residents. A senator from the area has said up to 300 were killed in that attack.

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Viper1ex19 May 14 2014 at 7:36 PM

Their government is almost as useless as ours

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clark May 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

kill em all, let mohamed sort em out,,,,hell, he does'nt want the reprobates either.......

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ironzo clark May 14 2014 at 8:10 PM

Mohammed was a reprobate, so they'll fit right in!

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Meh... May 14 2014 at 7:53 PM

At least someone over there is doing something... Hope this doesn't further endanger those girls, but at least they are standing up for themselves.

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kwbaraka Meh... May 14 2014 at 8:57 PM

Couldn't agree more!!!!!!!

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Greg Bays May 14 2014 at 7:53 PM

It comes down to one simple fact. Muslims are responsible for the vast majority of turmoil in the world: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and on and on. There is a segment of this culture that revels in violence. Unfortunately, those who oppose it never seem to speak out against it unless they are directly affected.

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EzinWy May 14 2014 at 7:54 PM

Way to go villagers !!! Continue on. Britain and the U.S. should provide arms and technical assistance as well. Eradicate Boko Haram.
... and the villagers who have a right to defend themselves are not "vigilantes", especially in the negative sense.

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kwbaraka EzinWy May 14 2014 at 9:00 PM

They are vigilantes....and it's NOT a bad thing......AT ALL!!!

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Jen May 14 2014 at 7:55 PM

I feel for all of the families of those girls and I hope that they are rescued. But we, the United States of America, is NOT the police of the world. Nigeria needs to take care of this. When is Washington going to wake up and realize that we have so many problems here at home, it is over whelming the issues that we have. It is time to fix America. Mr. Obama....charity begins at home. And the last time I checked, home is the USA. A stupid hash tag is not going to work because I seriously doubt that these pieces of crap that took these girls are checking their twitter account.

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denxbi May 14 2014 at 7:55 PM

I have not heard this mentioned yet but how could this Islamist extremist sell these girls into slavery if everyone refuses to buy them? If there is no market, there is no product.
The issue goes beyond boko what's his name. It speaks to the issue of the scum that would cooperate and make a market for adolescent girls by buying them.
If here is no market, the only threat they can make is to mrder the girls. That being the case, the path is clear,,interdiction and leave no survivors...justice to be delivered by a bullet,,no trials, no hearings, no delay.
If someone or group cooperates with boko,,,deliver justice to them with all due haste.

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kgc073 denxbi May 14 2014 at 8:00 PM

Muslims will buy them. Christians will not.

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kwbaraka kgc073 May 14 2014 at 8:56 PM

Unfortunately......you are incorrect.

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hellyon3too denxbi May 14 2014 at 8:16 PM

What planet are you living on? There is always a market for young girls in the sex slave "industry."

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ajp0007 May 14 2014 at 7:57 PM

Wow,they write really good on readily available signs nonetheless. They also are armed with expensive firearms and gear, Amazing for a country surrounded and drowning in poverty. The media coveage of this is amazing too.....I smell something fishy, don't you...

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kwbaraka ajp0007 May 14 2014 at 8:55 PM

Only thing I smell fishy is your post (smh).

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emmett May 14 2014 at 7:57 PM

Finally an anti-terrorist group in the form of vigilante-villagers the world needs to swing support to and fast. These people know what they're dealing with, who they are, and how to get rid of them. What are we waiting for???

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doketx emmett May 14 2014 at 9:35 PM

We are waiting for politically correct permission.

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rohamray May 14 2014 at 7:59 PM

To those retarded Boko Haram extremist leaders, I only have to say this: If you consider yourselves "men" and "still have any balls left", then leave those innocent girls free and come out to fight with other full grown adult men! You are the trash, the insult, the embarrasment of the Muslim world, dishonoring worldwide the dignity and morally upheld Muslim men worldwide! I'm a Muslim man born and raised in Latin America, don't have daughters, but have nieces, sisters, a mom, aunties...I will not tolerate if any one of them gets kidnapped "and sold" by any disgraced Muslim militant...or militants of any other religion or ethnic background as a matter of fact! I wish your prompt capture, and that your asses get beated, bare skinned, in public in front of your women and children to see if after such humiliation you still dare to kidnap young girls!

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