Nigeria's military on Wednesday announced a "massive"deployment of troops to its restive northeast, after the president declared a state of emergency in areas where Islamist insurgents have seized territory.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during a nationwide live broadcast on the state television on May 14, 2013 in which he declared a state of emergency in the northeast. Jonathan issued the emergency decree in a broadcast late Tuesday, acknowledging for the first time that Boko Haram Islamists had "taken over" parts of Borno state, the insurgents' stronghold.
A separate military source speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that fighter jets would also be deployed to the region, raising the possibility that Nigeria could carry out air strikes within its own territory.
This article is older than 60 days, which we reserve for our premium members only.You can subscribe to our premium member subscription, here.