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    Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    From the BBC:

    Residents of three villages in northern Nigeria have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters, an eyewitness has told the BBC.

    About 200 of the militants were killed during the fighting in the Kala-Balge district of Borno state, he said.
    BBC News - Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    If this report is, in fact, accurate, it would respresent a positive development. It would demonstrate that by banding together, at-risk villages could put themselves in a stronger position to defend themselves against the Boko Haram terrorist group. Such an outcome would be especially important, as Nigeria has not demonstrated an ability to effectively address the security threat posed by the terrorist organization. Over time, if Boko Haram finds that its operations are inflicting higher costs on it, that could begin to reduce its willingness to undertake terrorist operations against villages in northern Nigeria.

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    I hope you're right. Thanks for posting this (fingers-crossed) good news.

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
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    BBC News - Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    If this report is, in fact, accurate, it would respresent a positive development. It would demonstrate that by banding together, at-risk villages could put themselves in a stronger position to defend themselves against the Boko Haram terrorist group. Such an outcome would be especially important, as Nigeria has not demonstrated an ability to effectively address the security threat posed by the terrorist organization. Over time, if Boko Haram finds that its operations are inflicting higher costs on it, that could begin to reduce its willingness to undertake terrorist operations against villages in northern Nigeria.
    Good news DS.....now they are minus 200 fighters.

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From the BBC:



    BBC News - Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    If this report is, in fact, accurate, it would respresent a positive development. It would demonstrate that by banding together, at-risk villages could put themselves in a stronger position to defend themselves against the Boko Haram terrorist group. Such an outcome would be especially important, as Nigeria has not demonstrated an ability to effectively address the security threat posed by the terrorist organization. Over time, if Boko Haram finds that its operations are inflicting higher costs on it, that could begin to reduce its willingness to undertake terrorist operations against villages in northern Nigeria.
    The description of the OP battle does not fit my definition of vigilante justice, since the act was of self defense during an attack - not simply retribution for a prior act.
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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Good news DS.....now they are minus 200 fighters.
    And likely lost some good sources of future recruits.
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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The description of the OP battle does not fit my definition of vigilante justice, since the act was of self defense during an attack - not simply retribution for a prior act.
    I'm not sure why the BBC used the term "vigilantes." I believe "volunteers" would have been a better choice.

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    About 200 of the militants were killed during the fighting in the Kala-Balge district of Borno state, he said.
    200 confirmed kills is a good day at the office, when fighting bad guys.

    No-one was injured when angry soldiers opened fire as the convoy was entering the Maimalari barracks to protest against poor pay and a lack of equipment to tackle Boko Haram, the sources said.
    The United States could use this to fight the BH's. It sounds like the troops are motivated and want to take on the BH's, head-to-head. Instead of sending our troops, we need to equip Nigerian troops to combat the terrorists.
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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    200 confirmed kills is a good day at the office, when fighting bad guys.



    The United States could use this to fight the BH's. It sounds like the troops are motivated and want to take on the BH's, head-to-head. Instead of sending our troops, we need to equip Nigerian troops to combat the terrorists.

    Better yet let their Citizens be armed.....while having the Nigerian Military getting off their butts and getting out there and dealing with Boko Haram.

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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Better yet let their Citizens be armed.....while having the Nigerian Military getting off their butts and getting out there and dealing with Boko Haram.
    I don't think it's the Nigerian soldiers that are sitting on their laurels. It's the government and the Nigerian High Command.
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    Re: Nigerian village vigilantes 'repel Boko Haram attack'

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I don't think it's the Nigerian soldiers that are sitting on their laurels. It's the government and the Nigerian High Command.
    Amnesty has two reports that the Nigerian Military was aware of the attack coming. They are saying they did nothing.

    But that there was Independent Security at the School.

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