Nigerian army says it has killed more than 70 Boko Haram members
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ABUJA, Nigeria – More than 70 members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram have been killed during a Nigerian military operation in the northeastern state of Borno, an Army spokesman told CNN Friday.
The military “remains on the offensive,” according to Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who said the operation began Thursday and was continuing Friday.
Last May, President Goodluck Jonathan put Borno and two other states under a state of emergency, giving Nigerian forces wide latitude in fighting the group, which human rights organizations say has killed more than 3,000 people since 2009.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa-Fulani language, seeks to impose a strict version of Sharia law across northeastern Nigeria.