Boko Haram readies for battle in northeast Nigeria, residents say

March 6, 2015 1:59 PM

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said.

A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave town to avoid being killed in crossfire in an anticipated major battle.

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