Nigerian forces attack Islamist hideouts in northeast: sources

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Posted: May 16, 2013 11:23 AM
Nigerian forces attack Islamist hideouts in northeast: sources

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nigerian forces began attacking Islamist hideouts in the northeast on Thursday, security sources said, part of an offensive to wrest control of the region from increasingly bold and well-armed Boko Haram insurgents.

Soldiers raided areas in the Sambisa Game Reserve, a remote savannah of some 500 sq km in Borno state where Islamists have established bases, two security sources who asked not to be named said. They did not give further details.

President Goodluck Jonathan this week declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states.

(Reporting by Lanre Ola and Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Editing by Joe Brock)