#EGISTZ Fighters killed in Nigeria clashes At least 40 gunmen and four soldiers killed in clashes near where abducted girls are believed to be held #TEAMJIZZY (SHARE)

We’ve got the news from Aljazeera that More than 40 armed men and four
Nigerian soldiers died in clashes near
the scene where scores of abducted
schoolgirls are believed to be held in
the north of the country, the
military has said.
“The capture of a number of
terrorists believed to be the
ringleaders of those operating
around Alagarmo sparked a major
fight on the outskirts of Bulanbuli,
Borno State last night,” defence
spokesman Major General
Chris Olukolade said in a statement
on Friday.
He also added that nine soldiers
were wounded.
Bulanbuli is between Alagarmo and
Sambisa forest where the students,
who were abducted early last week,
are believed to be held.
The April 14 kidnapping of at least
230 schoolgirls came hours after the
deadliest attack yet in Nigeria’s
capital – a bomb blast at a crowded
bus station, killing at least 75 people.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
claimed responsibility for that
attack.
The safe release of the schoolgirls
topped the agenda of a meeting
Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan held on Thursday with
political and military chiefs, a
governor had said. But it is not clear
if the latest clash with the fighters
was part of new security measures
taken after that meeting.
Army assault
Residents of the town where the
school is located reported hearing at
least 30 explosions coming from
nearby Sambisa forest where the
fighters have a camp.
“For most of the night we kept
hearing huge explosions from afar
coming from Sambisa forest,” a
resident, Haladu Sule told AFP news
agency. Another resident, Adamu
Abdullahi, gave a similar account
saying residents could not sleep
“thinking the town would be
attacked”.
“We believe the explosions were
from deep inside Sambisa forest
where our girls are being held by
Boko Haram but we don’t know if it
is a rescue operation by soldiers to
free the girls,” said Enoch Mark,
whose daughter and two nieces were
among the kidnapped girls.
Borno government said 129 students
were taken from the Government
Girls Secondary School in Chibok
when the gunmen stormed the town
at night, however, the school’s
principal Asabe Kwambura, who later
said she was working with parents to
compile a complete registry of those
taken, put the figure of girls
abducted at 230.
Forty-three girls escaped from their
captors while 187 were still in the
custody of the fighters, according to
the principal and officials.
The mass abduction in Chibok was
blamed on the Boko Haram armed
group.
It has been described as one of the
most shocking attacks in the armed
group’s five-year conflict which has
claimed thousands of lives.

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