Nigerian forces fight to reclaim northeastern town of Baga

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 09, 2015 12:52 PM

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian forces backed by air strikes are fighting to reclaim the northeastern town of Baga from Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which seized the town and a nearby military base at the weekend, a government spokesman said on Friday.

"Since the first attack last weekend on Baga, security forces have been actively pursuing the militants," Mike Omeri said in a emailed statement.

"Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted airstrikes."

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