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Boko Haram fighters invade four Bauchi LGAs
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Boko Haram fighters invade four Bauchi LGAs

The Bauchi State Government has said Boko Haram fighters have invaded four local government areas of the state that share a border with Geidam, Yobe State which was recently attacked and taken over by the insurgents. The Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Sabiu Baba, disclosed this at a press conference after an emergency security council meeting held at the Government House, Bauchi on Monday and presided over by governor Bala Mohammed. According to Saidu, the four local governments are Zaki, Dambam, Darazo, and Gamawa. He said the sect members have launched an attack on a communication mast belonging to the Mobile TeleCommunication Network and carted away some of the properties. “There was an emergency security council meeting of Bauchi State this afternoon and the meeting ...
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to Equally Share Saudi Arabia Hosting Fee of $150million for Blockbuster Fight
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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to Equally Share Saudi Arabia Hosting Fee of $150million for Blockbuster Fight

Saudi Arabia has proposed $150million as site fee to host Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury this summer and both fighters will share the money equally, it has been revealed. Contracts are signed for the British heavyweight stars to fight for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO heavyweight championship of the world but the date and venue are yet to be officially confirmed. AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn last week explained that both camps have agreed on a site deal. Now, according to ESPN, it can be revealed that the site fee is upwards of $150million and if finalised as expected, each boxer will make $75million from the site deal alone, with the rest of the money (several million dollars) set for expenses such as undercard fights. ESPN’s Mark Kriegel explained: “The proposed site f...
4,000 Fighters Desert Boko Haram – Institute For Security Studies (ISS)
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4,000 Fighters Desert Boko Haram – Institute For Security Studies (ISS)

Over 4,000 Boko Haram fighters have deserted the extremist group, signalling a huge shrink in the rank of the terrorists, a report by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said. According to the report, the deserters from the four Lake Chad Basin countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) are leaving for various reasons which include safety concerns. Boko Haram and other terror groups have terrorised the Lake Chad Basin countries for over 10 years. The unending terror war has displaced thousands of nationals of the four countries. The crisis has also crippled economic activities in the once booming fish market in the region. Thousands of people have been kidnapped by the terrorists and many killed. Why fighters are deserting According to the 28-page repor...
Anthony Joshua invites Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko to train with him ahead of his mega-fight with Tyson Fury 
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Anthony Joshua invites Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko to train with him ahead of his mega-fight with Tyson Fury 

Anthony Joshua has invited boxing legends Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko to help prepare him for his mega with Tyson Fury. The highly anticipated undisputed showdow is on the brink of being announced after both fighters agreed on a venue for the multi-million-pound showdown. The British-Nigerian boxer, 32, officially began his training camp for The Gypsy King earlier this month and has invited both Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko before the blockbuster bout. Chatting to Pro Beez of Pep Talk UK, Joshua said of Mayweather: “He’s a great man. "To have someone like that with the boxing brain – you need to be around fighters as a boxer. “Footballers need to be around footballers, boxers need to be around boxers. "Lions stay around lions, lions don’t hang a...
ISWAP Elements Who Attacked Damasak Were On Revenge Mission – Nigerian Army
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ISWAP Elements Who Attacked Damasak Were On Revenge Mission – Nigerian Army

A senior Commander of ISWAP, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters who were on revenge mission at Damasak, fell to the fire power of Nigerian troops Thursday. The terrorist and his fighters met their waterloo as they made a come-back following the neutralization of 12 high value ISWAP commanders in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State in a week-long air and ground operations by the Nigerian military. In a well-coordinated ground bombardments and aerial strikes by the Nigerian military on various locations in the Northeast, the terrorists who were denied any sanctuary or respite desperately conducted two separate failed attacks on Gajiram and Damasak. The deadly air strikes conducted on Tudun Wulgo, Zari and Tumbun Alhaji, Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala an...
Check out Where Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua rank in the new Boxing Heavyweight Pound-for-pound Rankings
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Check out Where Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua rank in the new Boxing Heavyweight Pound-for-pound Rankings

Ring Magazine has released it's monthly rankings for the top boxers in the heavyweight category. Tyson Fury, still tops the rankings as the reigning champion of the Ring Magazine belt while other fighters like Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder follow suit. Joshua ranks second while Deontay Wilder ranks third. Dillian Whyte is ranked 5th while Alexander Povetkin who Whyte lost to last August is ranked 4th. Whyte is set to face Povetkin this weekend in Gilbatrar. Had Whyte been victorious in the first fight he would have officially been next in line for Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight title. Fury, meanwhile, is set to meet Anthony Joshua twice in 2021 as they look to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion with all the belts on the line. See the full list below. The...
54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad
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54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad

A battle for territorial supremacy has intensified between the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP fighters and terrorists belonging to the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction, on the shores of Lake Chad. Bloody rival clashes between ISWAP and some Boko Haram terrorists from the Buduma tribe in the Niger Republic has claimed at least the lives of 54 terrorists and herders within the last one months. A credible intelligence source told PRNigeria that a group of Buduma militants, on the 3rd of March, embarked on a daring and desperate mission to loot from the ISWAP units. The source said: “The Buduma terrorists linked to Shekau’s Boko Haram moved through a route along riverine border villages popularly known as Kabul and Kandahar in the Chadian territory, on two flyi...
Boko Haram: Military Destroys Terrorists’ Facilities, Kills Scores of Fighters in Airstrikes
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Boko Haram: Military Destroys Terrorists’ Facilities, Kills Scores of Fighters in Airstrikes

The Defence Headquarters has said that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has launched airstrikes on terrorists’ locations at Bula Bello and Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, made this known in a statement on Sunday. Enenche said the airstrikes destroyed Boko Haram terrorists’ facilities and killed several fighters. According to him, the air interdiction missions were executed on June 18 and June 19. He said: “Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the 2 locations. READ ALSO:  Gov. Emmanuel appoints new Chie...
603 ex-Boko Haram Fighters to be Reintegrated into Communities in July
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603 ex-Boko Haram Fighters to be Reintegrated into Communities in July

The Defence Headquarters has said that a total of 603 repentant Boko Haram fighters are set to be reintegrated into their communities in July having completed the Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme. DHQ spokesperson, Major General John Enenche made this announcement during a media briefing on the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The military also said that it has successfully reintegrated 280 former Boko Haram terrorists, including 2 Chadians, back into the society through their respective national and state authorities. Director of Defence Media Organization (DMO) Major General John Enenche stated that operation safe corridor, established in 2016, has admitted a total of 893 ex Boko Haram fighters. Enench...
Nigerian Troops Kill 134 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters in Nigeria
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Nigerian Troops Kill 134 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters in Nigeria

Nigeria has killed 134 members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist organizations.. Nigeria’s defence ministry spokesman, John Enenche, told reporters on Monday that the Boko Haram fighters were killed in Operation Kantana Jimlan, which was launched on May 1 in the country’s northeast. ISWAP is a splinter group of Boko Haram. He said 78 of those killed were members of ISWAP and 56 were Boko Haram members, adding that Nigerian troops arrested 16 informants of the fighters as the country aims to eradicate both armed groups from its territory. Lots of ammunition was also seized during the operation, he said.
Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua Names 7 Fighters He Wants To Face Before Hanging His Gloves
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Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua Names 7 Fighters He Wants To Face Before Hanging His Gloves

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua has named seven fighters he would want to face before calling time on his career. Speaking with Sky Sports and when asked he would want to fight ( before hanging his boxing gloves ) , Anthony Joshua Sai: “[Oleksandr] Usyk, [Deontay] Wilder, [Tyson] Fury, [Luis] Ortiz. “Who else? I think that’s probably the majority. Adam Kownacki, Jarrell Miller… you know, that’s six names.” He concluded by mentioning Dillian Whyte to the mix having beaten his domestic foe in 2015. “I know he’s been chasing a world title shot. I offered him ( Whyte ) a world title shot last year in April, he refused it. “Maybe he wants his hand on the WBC, but if me and Tyson Fury fight, then I know he didn’t want to fight me last year, but he’ll definitely have ...
Boko Haram: Nigerian Army takes delivery of armoured tanks from China
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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army takes delivery of armoured tanks from China

The Nigerian Army (NA) has taken delivery of high grade armoured tanks and artillery vehicles from China to boost its fight against Boko Haram. The military hardware, built to specification by China Ordnance Industries Group Corporation Limited (Norinco), were ordered by the Federal Government. The tanks and vehicles are equipped with latest technologies and have the ability to wage war from multiple fronts and cloudy or smoky weathers. Chief of Policy and Plans (CPPLANs), Lt.Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, while receiving the consignment, said Nigerians should expect more robust operations against Boko Haram and other forms of insecurity in the country. “The Federal Government is in making sure that the Nigerian Army is not only equipped, but ready to contain the problem of insecurity we...
Boho: Equatorial Guinea star discusses next move and retirement
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Boho: Equatorial Guinea star discusses next move and retirement

The Spanish born Equatoguinean international wants to keep playing for as long as she can and revealed where she hopes to play next Equatorial Guinea striker Jade Boho has expressed her willingness to continue playing football until 2023 before calling name on her international career. Boho was born and raised in Spain and won the 2004 Uefa Women's U19 Championship, before being eligible to represent Equatorial Guniea in 2010 by descent, through her mother. The 33-year-old has played a key role in helping last season's relegation fighters Logrono become top-four chasers in the Primera Iberdrola, scoring 13 goals to power them to seventh. In her career, she won three Spanish titles, a Copa de la Reina and played twice in Champions League with Rayo Vallecano before helping Equa...
Two Female MMA Fighters are Suspended after Their Brutal Bout Left them Disfigured
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Two Female MMA Fighters are Suspended after Their Brutal Bout Left them Disfigured

MMA fighters, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Weili Zhang have both been handed two-month medical suspension after their brutal bout left them disfigured. During the fight in Las Vegas last Saturday, the pair inflicted bloody injuries on themselves and were taken to hospital after their five-round contest saw strawweight champion Zhang retain her belt following a split decision. According to MMA Mania, Nevada State Athletic Commission has now issued a two-month medical suspension to the athletes The fighters who both will be out of the Octagon until May 5, were also ordered not to take part in contact sparring until April 22.
US and Taliban Sign Historic ‘Peace Deal’ Agreement Today
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US and Taliban Sign Historic ‘Peace Deal’ Agreement Today

After nearly two years of protracted negotiations between the US and Taliban rulers in Doha, Qatar, the United States government and the Afghan Taliban have signed a historic peace agreement today that will reduce the number of US troops in the country and also end the Afghan war betwen the Taliban and the US military that has been going on since 2001. The first phase of the deal included a seven week no fighting scenario which occurred over the last week, and on Saturday, Diplomats from Afghanistan, the US, India, Pakistan and other UN member states have gathered along with Taliban representatives at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, to sign the peace deal. As part of the deal 6400 out of 13,000 US troops will leave Afghanistan in four months time while the Taliban meet certai...
Deontay Wilder Invites Fury And “The Coward” Anthony Joshua For His Event
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Deontay Wilder Invites Fury And “The Coward” Anthony Joshua For His Event

In a long-awaited rematch, Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder to settle the unfinished business. After the thrilling first encounter, the excitement is at its peak among the fans as we are only weeks away from the mega rematch. Both fighters are going into the rematch thinking that they won the first fight and that’s what makes the rematch exciting. Irrespective of who wins the fight one thing can be assumed that both the fighters will leave the ring with respect for the other. In fact, Wilder is looking to celebrate the monumental event with Fury after the rematch. In a recent interview on the Rich Eisen Show, Wilder revealed his celebration plans after the rematch and there are two special guests on this list. Though Wilder will be looking to knock Fury out to another orbit w...
Deontay Wilder Blasts Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury after Both Boxers Agree to Team up Against him
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Deontay Wilder Blasts Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury after Both Boxers Agree to Team up Against him

WBA Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has blasted his rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as after Joshua fresh from winning back his four heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz in December, offered to train with Fury to prepare him for his fight against Wilder in February.                          In December, Anthony Joshua publicly declared that he wanted Fury to beat Wilder and so offered to spar with him and help him prepare for Fury and Wilder's February 22 rematch - an offer Fury accepted, but Wilder is disappointed by such a move saying both fighters are suppose to be fighting each other to determine who is the best in the world, not teaming up with each other. Wilder told TheBoxingVoice: “I saw it. Look at those b**ches, that’s what I said, they’re all some b**ches. Wh...
Army rescue five hostages from Boko Haram in Borno
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Army rescue five hostages from Boko Haram in Borno

At least five hostages including an octogenarian were rescued from Boko Haram fighters in the last few days, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday. The army said in a statement issued by Media Coordinator of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, that the troops of 121 Battalion deployed at Pulka in Gwoza local government area of the state also destroyed the terrorists’ hideout at Zeledva Hills along Pulka – Bokko – Ngoshe Road on Wednesday. It read: “More elements of the Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terror group, bandits and other criminal elements have either been neutralised or arrested at their hideouts across the country and more of their abductees have been freed. “On January 7 for instance, troops of 121 Battalion deployed at Pulka in G...
Khabib Nurmagomedov Names The Three Fighters Conor McGregor Needs To Face Before A Rematch
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Names The Three Fighters Conor McGregor Needs To Face Before A Rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov has named three fighters Conor McGregor should face and claimed the Irishman needs a 'nine or ten fight win streak' in order to get a rematch. The Russian defends his lightweight title against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday but he's dismissed any chance of McGregor getting the chance to fight the winner. Speaking to ESPN Khabib claimed McGregor would need to win up to 10 fights before getting his rematch, saying, "I don't think this fight can happen. "This guy has to come back and make nine or 10-(fight) win streak, then we're going to fight. "People who watch this interview, maybe they think, 'Oh he thinks about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for a million dollars, this guy is gonna take this fight.' "Come back and...
State governors fuel insecurity to raise their security votes – EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, alleges
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State governors fuel insecurity to raise their security votes – EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, alleges

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has accused some state governors  of deliberately fueling insecurity in their states so as to increase their security votes. The EFCC boss made this allegation when he spoke at the induction programme for returning and newly-elected state governors held at the Presidential Villa. “We have also seen evidence of theft of public resources by some state governors –  cashing in on the insecurity in their states. Insecurity has also offered the required oxygen for corruption to thrive as evident in the $2.1bn arms procurement scandal involving top military commanders both serving and retired.” Magu said The acting EFCC chairman pointed out that corruption has in no small measure aided the spread of insurgency...
Air Force Wipes Out Terrorist Group In Borno
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Air Force Wipes Out Terrorist Group In Borno

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has significantly degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists’ Hideout and neutralized some of its leaders and fighters at Magari on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State. This was accomplished in an air interdiction mission conducted yesterday, 1 April 2019, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some senior ISWAP leaders arrived the settlement on Friday, 30 April 2019, along with some of their fighters. Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions conducted over the weekend confirmed increased level of human activities in the settlement with a prominent ISWAP flag observed near 2 compounds in the settlement indicating the presence of high level leaders of t...
Nigerian Air Force Battles IS Fighters in Borno
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Nigerian Air Force Battles IS Fighters in Borno

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ vehicle and some logistics infrastructure at Tumbun Sale and Tumbun Allura on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State. A statement released by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, says the operation was conducted on the heels of intelligence reports indicating the presence of ISWAP fighters along with some vehicles and logistics support items that were well camouflaged under the dense vegetation within the settlements. Accordingly, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet, supported by an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, was dispatched to attack the terrorists’ hide...
Another Fuel Tanker Goes in Flames in Anambra, 3rd in a Week
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Another Fuel Tanker Goes in Flames in Anambra, 3rd in a Week

Another petrol tanker yesterday went up in flames at a filling station along Nnewi-Okigwe expressway, Nnewi, Anambra State. This is coming barely two days after seven persons were reported dead in a petrol tanker fire incident in Awka, the state capital. Although no life was lost in the incident, workers and customers at the filling station were said to have escaped by the whiskers when the fire started. The station manager, Mr. Okeke Patrick, said the incident occurred when the tanker was discharging its product while customers were being attended to, Guardian reports. He said: “We were discharging fuel when suddenly we saw fire. We called the fire fighters immediately and they came after 20 minutes from Nnewi fire station and put out the fire, which burnt the petrol tank...
Taye Currency Reveals Why He Posted Video Of MC Oluomo
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Taye Currency Reveals Why He Posted Video Of MC Oluomo

Fuji artiste, Taye Currency has revealed why he posted a live video of himself with MC Oluomo. The video put an end to rumours of Oluomo’s death. In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Currency revealed why he posted the video. He said; “I had been inundated with calls from people that MC had died; so, I had to convince them otherwise. Everybody knows that whenever Oluomo comes to Ibadan, he is always at my place. We have been friends for over 25 years and are very close. Because of that, so many people were on my neck for proof that he was still alive. That was why I visited him at the hospital and made a video for the world to see that he was hale and hearty.”. Disputing the fact that Fuji singers are always in bed with touts and violent people, Currency said, “Fuji musicians are not fighter...
IPOB Tackles Asari Dokubo Over Comments On Election Boycott
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IPOB Tackles Asari Dokubo Over Comments On Election Boycott

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has picked holes in a statement credited to a Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo,  which said that boycott of 2019  general elections by the south-east and the south-south  will not help the Biafra cause. File: IPOB members on solidarity march IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had urged IPOB supporters and sympathizers in the two geopolitical zones of south east and south south  to shun the 2019 general elections unless the Federal Government announced a date for Biafra referendum. But  Asari Dokubo had expressed  disagreement over the call for the boycott of the 2019 general elections by Nnamdi Kanu. Dokubo had argued that heeding Kanu’s advice was suicidal since it would be tantamount to empowering those opposed to the Biafra aspirations ...
EFCC Office In Abuja Gutted By Fire
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EFCC Office In Abuja Gutted By Fire

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC office in Abuja was yesterday gutted by fire. But for the timely intervention of Officials of the Federal Fire Service, the inferno would have razed down the entire office, Premium Times reports. The fire fighters led by the Sector Commander, Melone Onyekachi, arrived the Wuse 2 office of the Commission when the Service was alerted of the fire by the Incident Duty Officer of the Commission, Kayode Oyetunde, at 1910 hours The fire started at the former newsroom which now serves as storage for ICT equipments that were retrieved from the commission’s former offices scattered across the capital city. The former newsroom is domiciled in the two-storey Costa Hall which was commissioned by Antonio Costa on November 13, 2007. The building...
Three Nigerian Soldiers Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Military Base
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Three Nigerian Soldiers Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Military Base

Three soldiers are feared dead after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Borno state. Boko Haram fighters believed to be from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the base in the town of Kareto, 150 kilometres (about 90 miles) north of the state capital Maiduguri last night Wednesday, November 15th. The militants temporarily dislodged troops from the base before being repelled with aerial support, the sources said. “We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing. The terrorists were smoked out of the base by a fighter jet which deployed to the scene” said a military source who spoke on anonymity The military source did not however state if the sect members carted away any weapons. “The bodies of three soldiers were recovered...
Floyd Mayweather Announces Next Big Fight
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Floyd Mayweather Announces Next Big Fight

Floyd Mayweather, 41, has announced a big return to fighting as he goes after an Asian heavyweight for a New Year showdown.   Floyd Mayweather Floyd Mayweather’s next crossover fight won’t be against Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov. The undefeated boxer will take on Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in what’s being called a super bout challenge. The fight was announced early Monday at a news conference in Japan. Boxing, MMA, kickboxing? Rules for the fight weren’t announced. We’re not sure if the fight will be MMA, kickboxing or boxing. Mayweather said in the news conference that those details are still being hammered out. “As far as the weight class and the rules, we’ll get that situated in the next few weeks,” Mayweather said.   Fight ...
Fighters, Indian Troops Among Latest Killed In Kashmir
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Fighters, Indian Troops Among Latest Killed In Kashmir

Two Indian soldiers and two fighters were killed in clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir, where tensions are high following the killing of a prominent leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group. Early on Tuesday, Indian troops ambushed the two fighters in Kulgam, south of the main city of Srinagar. "It was a deliberate and swift operation," an army officer told the AFP news agency. In a separate incident, two Indian troops were killed and another was injured in a shootout with rebels in Shopian district, the officer said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Three soldiers were evacuated by air but two of them died before reaching a military hospital," a police officer said. The violence comes just days after Indian forces killed top commander Abu Dujana, who headed LeT...
Syrian Fighters, Refugees Leave Jroud Arsal Camps
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Syrian Fighters, Refugees Leave Jroud Arsal Camps

Buses carrying Syrians began leaving refugee camps in the Lebanese border area of Jroud Arsal on Wednesday under a truce deal between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham fighters. Thousands of Syrians, including fighters, their families and refugees, are to leave the border zone and head for Syria's Idlib province under the agreement. The Lebanese al-Manar television station said that 26 buses had crossed further northeast from the Arsal area to Wadi Hmeid, in the direction of the Syrian border. Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Labweh, said that the logistics of the long convoy would be challenging. "The Lebanese Red Cross will escort this convoy to the border with Syria," he said. "They will then be met by the Syrian Red Crescent, which will escort the convoy to Idlib P...
Saudi-Led Coalition Blamed For Deaths Off Yemen Coast
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Saudi-Led Coalition Blamed For Deaths Off Yemen Coast

UN investigators are reported to have accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali refugee boat off Yemen, saying the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame. The attack killed 42 people and injured 34 of the 140-plus people on board, the investigators wrote to the UN Security Council on Monday in a 185-page report seen by Reuters news agency on Wednesday. "This civilian vessel was almost certainly attacked using a 7.62mm calibre weapon from an armed utility helicopter," the report said. "The Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces are the only parties to the conflict that have the capability to operate armed utility helicopters in the area." The document said the helicopter was likely to have been opera...
Army Identifies New Boko Haram Base, Set To Launch Attack
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Army Identifies New Boko Haram Base, Set To Launch Attack

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it will soon launch an attack on a remote Island in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now use as their new operational base. This was disclosed by the Acting General Officer commanding, GOC 8 Task Force Division, Stevenson Olabanji, when he visited troops of the 118 Task Force Battalion under his division at their frontline location in Gudumbali village of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State. A statement issued by the spokesman of the Task Force Division, Timothy Antigha, quoted the GOC issuing motivational orders to the troops. Mr. Olabanji, a brigadier general, asked the soldiers to always make sure their weapons are serviceable as the strike order on the secret Boko Haram location could be given at any time. He also said the ...
Dozens Of Boko Haram Fighters Attack Maiduguri
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Dozens Of Boko Haram Fighters Attack Maiduguri

Residents of a Nigerian town say dozens of fighters for the Boko Haram militant group attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri as Muslims were breaking their Ramadan fast. People reported deafening gunfire and explosions late on Wednesday around the time families gathered to eat. Nigerian army spokesperson Brigadier General Sani Usman has sent out a text message urging people not to panic and saying the situation was under control. Witnesses in Maiduguri said dozens of people began arriving in town after fleeing attacks on their nearby villages. Boko Haram is linked to the Islamic State group and began its insurgency in Maiduguri before expanding attacks to the neighboring nations of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But residents of Maiduguri said the latest attack was the first major assa...
Boko Haram Beheads Four IDPs In Dalori-1 Camp, Maiduguri
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Boko Haram Beheads Four IDPs In Dalori-1 Camp, Maiduguri

Four internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Dalori-1 Camp of Maiduguri,Borno State, have been beheaded bythe Boko Haram, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. They were reportedly beheaded while hunting outside the camp on Saturday.The four victims were on Sunday buried by their fellow displaced persons.Two other IDPs who were among a 12-man hunting troop were yet to be accounted for on Sunday evening. It took a search team to find the four beheaded bodies some few kilometres from the Dalori camp along the Maiduguri-Bama road.Sources familiar with the incident said the attacked IDPs who were also volunteer members of the local vigilante, Civilian-JTF, often go to the bush to hunt for games which they either cook to beef up their protein needs or sell to earn some cash. It was supposed to be anoth...
Some Abducted Chibok Girls Refused To Come Home
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Some Abducted Chibok Girls Refused To Come Home

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by Islamist Boko Haram militants refused to be part of a group of 82 girls freed at the weekend, a mediator involved in the release said on Monday. The militants on Saturday released 82 schoolgirls out of the more than 200 they kidnapped in April 2014 from northeast Nigeria in exchange for prisoners. Yet mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls had refused to go home, fuelling fears that they have been radicalized by the jihadists, and may feel afraid, ashamed or even too powerful to return to their old lives. "Some girls refused to return ... I have never talked to one of the girls about their reasons," said 57-year-old Mustapha, who acted as an intermediary in ...
Bombs Rain On Maiduguri As Boko Haram Fighters Attempt To Overrun The City
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Bombs Rain On Maiduguri As Boko Haram Fighters Attempt To Overrun The City

Three powerful bomb explosions and heavy gunfire were heard around Maiduguri city late Thursday evening, sending many residents into panic. According to Saharareporters sources, heavily armed Boko Haram fighters around attempted to attack Maiduguri through the newly constructed Customs House where IDPs from Mafa LGA are being camped but were stopped by the gallant military officers and members of the Civilian JTF who engaged them in a serious gun battle that lasted more than an hour. An unconfirmed report said scores of civilians and all Boko Haram fighters that carried out the late Thursday evening attack were killed.
Islamic State Hits Back In Mosul
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Islamic State Hits Back In Mosul

Islamic State fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when U.S.-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa. The jihadists have lost control of seven eastern districts of Mosul to Iraqi special forces who broke through their lines last Monday. Officials say the militants are now sheltering among civilians in those neighborhoods and targeting soldiers in what one called the world's "toughest urban warfare". Mosul, the largest Islamic State-controlled city in either Iraq or Syria, has been held by the jihadist fighters since they drove the army out of northern Iraq in June 2014. The three-week Mosul campaign has brought together a force o...
Niger Delta Avengers Commander & His Fighters Surrender Arms as Gov. Okorocha Assures Amnesty
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Niger Delta Avengers Commander & His Fighters Surrender Arms as Gov. Okorocha Assures Amnesty

Forty-Eight hours to the expiration of the deadline given to the remnants of the Niger-Delta Avengers fighting in the Oil Producing Areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, a leading Commander of the Militants, General Felix Omereji Wednesday, September 21, 2016, surrendered with his fighters and embraced peace. The event which took place at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) also saw the Security Chiefs in the State in attendance with General Felix stating that they boycotted the first phase of the disarmament programme last week to see what the State Government would do with the Commanders and their fighters who had surrendered their weapons at the event. He explained that he was encouraged to surrender their weapons and embrace peace when they saw the Sincerity of Governor Rocha...

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