“Boko Haram Crisis: Nigeria Militants ‘Seize Police Academy'”
BBC News, August 21, 2014
“Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC. … The militants have stepped up their attacks after being pushed out of their bases in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, and have been targeting towns and villages in deadly raids. In recent weeks, the militants have been moving from their rural camps and taking over substantial towns. The militants have been in control of Gwoza, which had a population of about 50,000, since the beginning of August. … But attempts by the security forces to retake Gwoza have failed – and a group of about 40 soldiers is now refusing to fight, saying they are too poorly equipped to take on the heavily armed insurgents. … [T]he Liman Kara academy is one of only two riot police training colleges in Nigeria and the militants are likely to find weapons there. According to the Nigerian newspaper Sahara Reporters, several hundred militants were involved in the raid on the college, [in] which there were reportedly more than 290 police trainees at the time.”
Quickie Analysis: Just in case you were wondering what Boko Haram was up to (while ISIS grabs all the headlines).