Maiduguri - Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic law
in Nigeria's north, and other spin-off Islamist groups have become the
biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil exporter.
members of Boko Haram killed 11 people in an attack on Damboa town in
Borno state on Thursday, shooting at soldiers, burning shops and killing
civilians, a military source said, asking not to be named because he
was not authorized to give official statements.
troops have been dispatched to the area to confront the insurgents.
They sneaked away towards the bush leading to parts of Yobe and Gombe
States," the source said.
gunmen in cars and motorbikes stormed the rural town, forcing hundreds
of residents to flee to hide in nearby farms, locals said.
neighboring Gombe state, police officers killed seven members of Boko
Haram in a two-hour gun fight in the early hours of Friday, Gombe Police
Spokesman Fwaje Atajiri told reporters.
Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in mid-May and launched
an offensive against the group in its stronghold in Borno, Yobe and
Adamawa states in the northeast.
The insurgency was initially weakened but remains active and there has been an uptick in violence in the past month.
Haram's main targets are security forces or government officials. It
has also carried out several attacks on Christian and Muslim
worshippers, as well as schools and markets.