Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary ac­knowl­edges ma­jor at­tack

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

LA­GOS, Nige­ria — Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary on Satur­day ac­knowl­edged a ma­jor at­tack against it by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists af­ter op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers said 44 sol­diers were killed, while pub­lic pres­sure on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari grew over the fail­ure of his pledge to de­feat Boko Haram.

The pres­i­dent ex­pressed “deep shock” and pledged “all the needed sup­port” to the mil­i­tary to end the re­newed threat, his of­fice said late Satur­day.

The mil­i­tary state­ment is­sued overnight, nearly a week af­ter the at­tack, didn’t say how many sol­diers were killed.

As Buhari faces grow­ing pres­sure over in­se­cu­rity ahead of next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, aide Bashir Ah­mad said the pres­i­dent had sum­moned mil­i­tary chiefs and sent the de­fense min­is­ter to Chad for an “ur­gent meet­ing” with Pres­i­dent Idriss Deby. Hero dog: A Ger­man shep­herd is be­ing hailed a hero af­ter alert­ing a Long Neck, Del., fam­ily to propane stove gas leak. The News Jour­nal re­ports that 5-year-old Greta, a res­cue dog, barked to wake up her owner, Ken Walsh, in the mid­dle of the night ear­lier this month. Walsh’s wife and 14-yearold son were also asleep.

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