facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Militants attack military barracks in Nigeria

March 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM   |   Comments

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, March 14 (UPI) -- Suspected Islamic militants attacked the northern Nigerian town of Maiduguri Friday, attempting to storm a military installation nearby, witnesses said.

Officials said soldiers and the attackers were involved in a shootout near the Giwa barracks in the Maidugur, a haven for the terrorist group Boko Haram, Voice of America reported.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility or reports on casualties.

The gunfight was near the barracks, the army's main installation in the area, Nigeria's Premium Times reported. Witnesses said some of the attackers were dressed in military uniforms

A military jet dropped bombs on the targeted area, officials said.

Witnesses told Premium Times armed police have taken control of some of the major roads leading to government facilities.

The Boko Haram insurgents attempted to enter the barracks but were turned back by soldiers, witnesses said.

Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group, has been fighting to impose Sharia [Islamic] law in Nigeria, which has large Muslim and Christian populations.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback