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Nigerian army imports weapons to fight Boko Haram

Army officials prepare to reclaim the village of Baga town, which has been seized by the militant group.

FILE:  Boko Haram fighters parade a tank through an unidentified town in November 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Nigeria's army has reportedly begun acquiring weapons from other countries in an effort to fight Boko Haram militants.

The Militants have taken control of the town of Baga, and the Nigerian government has confirmed troops are planning to retake the town.

Approximately 16 villages have been attacked in Boko Haram's latest rampage in the north-eastern region of the country.

The group has reportedly gained control of 70 percent of the Borno State. It aims to create an Islamic state.

There are now fears that militant action could worsen ahead of the country's 2015 elections next month.

MAIDUGURI ATTACK VICTIMS SEEK REFUGE IN OTHER TOWNS

Residents of Baga town have taken refuge in towns close to Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria.

The Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, revealed this while giving an update on ongoing troops operation in the north-east.

"We wish to inform you that the situation in Baga is gradually improving since the last attack on the town. Security forces are working hard to insure the liberation of this place and other places close to it."