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Nigerian authorities ordered military to boost response to Boko Haram

West Africa (Globe Afrique)- Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo held emergency talks with top military brass to discuss Tuesday’s attack, which targeted an oil exploration team in the northeastern state of Borno.

President Muhammadu Buhari (right) shakes hands with his vice president upon arrival from medical leave. Depiste his return, VP remains in charge.

The attack was the worst since the February 2, 2016 last year, when 58 people were killed in a twin suicide bomb attack at a camp for the displaced in the Borno town of Dikwa.

During talks, the vice president ordered country’s military to strengthen its response to Boko Haram after 69 people were killed in an ambush earlier this week, the government announced on Sunday.

The vice-president, standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari who is on indefinite sick leave, called the attack “appalling.”

Sources say the ambush near Magumeri killed 19 soldiers, 33 militia members and 17 civilians, while three staff members from the University of Maiduguri were kidnapped.

Security analysts have said the attack, apparently by the Islamic State-supported faction headed by Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, was an indication of a newly emboldened Boko Haram.

At least 20,000 people have been killed in the Islamist insurgency since it began in 2009.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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