Boko Haram militants seize military base in Nigeria after fierce battle with government troops

unnamedSuspected Boko Haram militants have seized a military base in northeastern Nigeria following a series of deadly raids in the area this weekend.

Gunmen fought the army for several hours before taking control of the military base outside the town of Baga, near Lake Chad, on Saturday.

Civilians were forced to flee across the border to Chad after groups of militants carried out several raids, killing several people, burning hundreds of homes and looted businesses, witnesses said…

Reuters adds: In northern Cameroon, at least 15 people died in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on a bus, officials said on Saturday.

Cameroon’s army has been trying to dislodge the Islamists from its Far North region with the help of air strikes.

Nigerian Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said late last month that his country was ready to negotiate with Boko Haram, but did not even know who in the group to talk to…