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Boko Haram steals dynamite in Nigeria

By on November 6, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants raided a cement factory owned by Lafarge subsidiary Ashaka Cement and seized dynamite from a quarry, witnesses and a security source said on Thursday.

Lafarge Africa said the plant “was the target of an intrusion by people who were strangers to the plant”, but it added that “the situation has now stabilised and there is no report of any injury to employees or damage to the plant.”

Witnesses who lives near the plant, said the fighters came in six pick-up trucks and were firing weapons at the site, near Gombe state. A security source confirmed the account.

But the attack on the Lafarge facility underscores the security risk posed by the group to Africa’s biggest economy and leading energy producer. The Islamists have set off several bombs in cities across the country this year.

Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee

Nigeria’s government announced last month that a ceasefire had been agreed with Boko Haram and that talks were under way in neighbouring Chad for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted in April by the Islamist rebels.

But recent attacks across Nigeria’s northeast by suspected Boko Haram fighters have raised serious doubts about a deal.

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