Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria’s first major offensive




Nigerian and Chadian jets are bombing Boko Haram out of a slew of northeastern Nigerian towns and villages, witnesses and officials said Wednesday. It is the first major offensive against the Islamic extremists whose insurgency is spreading across borders.

The successful operations come as African Union officials meet in Cameroon to finalize a mandate for a 7,500-strong multinational force to confront the extremists who in recent months have seized more than 130 towns and villages across three of Nigeria’s northeastern states bordering Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Boko Haram has held many of the towns for months, some since August. Read more…

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