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Yar’Adua assures clean sweep of militants

afrol News, 28 July - The Nigerian president, Umaru Yar'Adua has assured the nation and the world today that security forces would hunt and get all militants who were behind the attacks in the northern states of the country, which have left over hundred people dead.

Mr Yar,Adua told reporters today that the forces were going to launch a serious operation to hunt down the leaders of the sect which has left horrors in the region, while also saying most parts of the northern states had return to calm.

He said the area of Borno was one of the those needing serious attention, further stating that the federal state has been following the militants over a period of time and would not fail this time around to nail all of them.

"Our security agencies have been tracking them for years and I believe that this operation will be an operation that will contain them once and for all,” he told reporters.

The Nigerian government has boosted security in the northern states of the country, with heavy presence of the army, manning road blocks and beefing up the search for the militants who have caused havoc in the area in the past two days.

The authorities in the northern states of Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau also imposed a dusk to dawn curfew as part of stepping up the search for the militants.

The attacks started on Sunday in the town of Baichu and spread to other towns, with young militants reportedly hacking people from their vehicles and attacking police stations, churches and other government buildings.

Islamist militants have been on the come back in recent months claiming they want a strict Sharia law in the northern states, while also blaming western education on what they called moral decay in their communities.

In February, five people were killed in religious clashes in Bauchi, while in November last year, some 700 lives were lost following clashes between Muslims and Christians in Plateau state.

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