Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Nigerian troops intensify action against fleeing Islamic militants (Hat tip: Taliesin52)
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) - Nigerian security forces said they would flush out members of an armed Islamic extremist group holed up on mountains on the border with Cameroon in a matter of hours.Nigeria Threat Pushes Oil to New Record
The security agents have for days been tracking the militants in battles which officials said have claimed 28 lives since the self-styled Talibans raided a police station in Gwoza in Borno State last week Monday, killing four officers and a civilian as well as stealing ammunition.
State police commissioner Ade Ajakaiye told AFP security agents were already closing in on the fleeing militants.
"I think it is a matter of hours before the militants will be flushed out. There are few of them still scattered on the mountains. The danger they pose has been reduced by hunger, thirst and fatigue. They are in dire need of food. For them, it is now a battle for survival," he said.
NEW YORK (al-Reuters) - Oil prices raced to new record highs above $50 on Tuesday, despite a pledge by OPEC producer Saudi Arabia to increase production, as rebel threats against Nigerian oil facilities threatened to inflict further strain on global supplies.