Governor: Nigeria Losing War On Terrorits
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The governor of the northeastern state where Nigeria's terrorist movement was born has warned the country's president that the military is losing the war to halt an Islamic uprising, while the Defense Ministry counters it has the extremists on the run.
A spokesman says security forces have captured some suspects responsible for attacks that have killed scores of civilians this month. He says the perpetrators are "terrorists escaping from the onslaught" of ramped up air bombardments and patrols.
But Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima told President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday that the extremists are "better armed and better motivated." He did not blame the military but a failure of leadership.
Shettima says the toll from a weekend village attack has risen to at least 106 killed.