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Nigerian helicopter crashes while fighting Boko Haram

first_imgNigerian War Planes Strike Boko Haram The Nigerian Air Force Personnel. Photo-FILE The Nigerian Air Force Personnel. Photo-FILEA Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in combat, as fighting raged against Boko Haram extremists for control of the strategic town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, according to the military.The helicopter crash occurred on Wednesday, according to a tweet by air force spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.The fighting was at Damasak in Northern Borno state, he said, without giving details of the fate of the helicopter crew.The military is fighting to regain control of Baga, which Boko Haram seized last week. The town is a key base for a multinational force fighting the extremists. Many Baga residents have fled to the larger city of Maiduguri.The fighting for Baga is intense, the chief of army training and operations, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, told reporters.“It’s a ding-dong situation but we are engaging them,” he said last week. “We are not in total control but Boko Haram have not taken control of Baga, either.”Baga, close to the border with Chad, has weapons, ammunition and other equipment are a key target for the extremists. Insurgents also overran the base in 2015.The Islamic State West Africa Province, the largest ISIS-linked extremist group in Africa, claimed to kill or wound “dozens” of soldiers in the latest attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors extremist communiques.Nigeria’s military rarely announces death tolls in such attacks, but the government in November acknowledged dozens of soldier deaths in what it called an extremist resurgence.In addition to the fighting for Baga and the helicopter crash, 53 police are missing after a Boko Haram raid last week.It is not known if the missing police are dead, captured or escaped alive, according to a senior police officer in Maiduguri, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Among the missing are 40 marine police who were patrolling Lake Chad, he said.Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mannir Dan-Ali reiterated the military’s commitment to ending Boko Haram’s insurgency in the country. He was speaking to the press Wednesday while on his way to neighboring Chad to discuss Boko Haram activity in areas along the border between the two countries.Dan -Ali was responding to recent attacks by Boko Haram on Nigerian military in the northern parts of Borno State, including Baga and others towns. He met with Nigerian military commanders for about an hour.The government also last month confirmed the insurgents had begun using drones, calling it a “critical factor” in the rise in attacks. Buhari at the time held an urgent meeting with member countries to “enhance the capacity” of the multinational force.The nearly decade-old Boko Haram insurgency has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and thousands of abductions. The unrest and displacement of millions of hungry people have turned northeastern Nigeria into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.Related Fighting Boko Haram Insurgency center_img Nigerian troops capture Boko Haram commanderlast_img read more

Celebrate Harrison homecoming at downtown Harvest Moon festival

first_imgThis year’s Harvest Moon celebration in downtown Farmington will include a special celebration for Harrison High School, which marks its last homecoming this year.The 49-year-old building is slated for closure in spring of 2019.Harrison’s Legacy Committee has organized events for the September 21-22 homecoming weekend that include school tours and tailgates preceding Saturday’s 1 p.m. football game against Stoney Creek.While students enjoy Harrison’s final homecoming dance on Saturday, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., alumni are welcome at Harvest Homecoming Evening, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., at the Walter Sundquist Farmington Pavilion on Grand River at Grove Street.Admission is free. Craft beer will be on tap for those ages 21 and older. For more information, contact Roxanne Fitzpatrick, 248-470-3584 or [email protected]’s more information about the Legacy Committee and other 2018-2019 activities: https://vimeo.com/268624427/6fb28755b3 Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manus boxers get backing from Tasion

first_imgBoxing Tasion group of companies came to the rescue of five Manus boxers to attend the 2019 national boxing championship currently underway at Taurama Aquatic indoor complex in Port Moresby. “Reaching back home and seeing the local talents rather than concentrating in NCD-there’s nothing wrong with that but it is always good to go back home and take part in activities the local youths are engaged in,” said Tasion Group chief operations manager Teddy Tasion. He said he is hopeful to see these boxers giving their best during the championship. “For us, I think we are a local company supporting our local talents back home especially from Manus. We realise there are a lot of potential in sports, especially in our youth. This is something we want to take part in.” Tasion said they have a sponsorship support of K30,000 assisting the five boxers to travel and take part in the national championship. He said hopefully one of their boxers qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. “Our main purpose of sponsorship was to bring our local talents back from Manus into Port Moresby to take part in the national championship. This is the first time and is something we have wanted,” said Tasion. The five boxers are Timothy Pokot (57 kg, novice) Cosmas Buka (57kg, youth) Linden Whiteley (63kg, novice) Siope Harry (81kg novice) and Arthur Ray Lavalou (91kg). According to coach Tinge Metta, Pokot and Whiteley will head into semi finals today while the other three have already secured medal playoffs on Friday. “We are thankful to the Tasion group of companies. We have been struggling all these years, we produced a lot of talent back home and we are proud. This has given us the bonus when we have our local company supporting our youths.” “I started the Admiralty Boxing Academy, especially for the kids and youth to take part. We started back in 2014 when I was approached by Governor Charlie Benjamin asking me to prepare a team to the PNG Games in Lae. We have four new boxers taking part for the first time while Lavalou is the current national heavy weight champion,” said Meta.last_img read more