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HoustonPress: 6 Others Times Texans Freaked Out About Islam This Year

28 August, 2015 - 21:16


By Meagan Flynn, Houston Press

This Monday morning, anti-Muslim protesters hoisting American flags took to the sidewalks outside of Houston’s new Arabic Immersion Magnet School. It was like a scene straight out of 1957 Little Rock.

The protesters were greeted by four- and five-year-olds with their brand new backpacks, some of them going to school for the first time ever. For all of them, though, they were attending the first Arabic immersion school in the country. They’ll learn English and social studies in English and math and science in Arabic. To the protesters outside, however, somehow this equated to teaching a religion (Islam, of course), supporting jihadist terrorism, and denouncing American patriotism and culture.

“Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001,” one sign read.

“QATAR OUT OF OUR Schools,” read another.

“It would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic,” Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, told the Houston Press this week. “The school is just trying to teach the students Arabic—it’s just learning a language. And I don’t know why someone would protest that. It really doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me.”

Carroll sees any opportunity to be exposed to Arabic language and culture as a positive step for the community—especially in a city whose primary industry is oil and energy. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Arabic-speaking population in Houston grew by one-third between 2009 and 2013, up to 23,300 people.

And although many Arabic speakers are not even Muslim, that mattered little to the protesters outside HISD’s immersion school this week. “Any time there’s an Arab anything or a Muslim anything, these folks come out of the woodwork,” Carroll said.

Here are six more times that happened in Texas this year.

6. Third grade teacher spews anti-Muslim hate on right-wing TV show

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GlobalNews: Taxi Cab Passenger Brittany Bachinsky Charged With Hate Crime

28 August, 2015 - 00:25


A good thing Calgary is taking this seriously.:

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: Hate crime charges have been laid against a passenger in a Calgary taxi abuse video. Global’s Nancy Hixt reports.

WARNING: This story contains graphic language. Discretion is advised.

CALGARY – A woman who was caught on CCTV video abusing a Calgary taxi driver has been charged with a hate crime.

Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Bachinsky is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm in the July 2014 incident. The video was released to Global News in July 2015.

The video obtained by Global News shows Bachinsky berating the cab driver, saying, “I don’t know why the f–k they let people like this into our f—ing country.

“You shouldn’t be allowed in my country.”

Safou Ranna is the taxi driver shown in the video and has been driving a Calgary cab for two years.

“Your country? It’s not your country,” says Ranna in the video.

“It is my f—ing country, buddy. Where are you from? Where are you from?” replies Bachinsky.

“I’m from Canada,” says Ranna.

“I will f–k you up, buddy. You are a disrespectful motherf—er, you should be so glad to be in my f—ing country,” says Bachinsky.

Ranna says he is happy charges have been laid.

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The New York Times’ ISIS Rape Story and the Islamophobic Lie Machine

27 August, 2015 - 01:13

The New York Times article about ISIS’ theology of sanctioning enslavement and rape, like the previous article by Graeme Wood in the Atlantic on the question of whether ISIS is “Islamic” or not created a lot of controversy and discussion.

The article has several serious issues that have been highlighted by commentators, Islamophobes predictably decided that they would use it as a boon to forward their narrative about Islam and Muslims. Take the queen bee of loony Islamophobia, Pamela Geller, she was up to her old shtick of lying and manipulating in an attempt to propagate not only her narrative on Islam but also a smug attempt at saying ‘Hey you libtard, dhimmis, I was right all along, see! Now you have the liberal paper of record saying what I said.’

However, like her Islamophobic comrades, she has to lie and twist in an attempt to achieve this point (see below). Not a surprise but the audacity of her chutzpah and how little she thinks of her :followers” is still striking.

(H/T: Omar Baddar)


Hadani Ditmars: The Rape of A Nation

25 August, 2015 - 20:59


An important read.:

By Hadani Ditmars, RT

Why is the dominant media narrative still portraying Iraqis as either terrorists or victims the West should fight or rescue? Once again the oppression of the binary dialectic rears its ugly head as ISIS has put Iraq back on the media map after a long hiatus.

When I first travelled to Iraq in 1997, to write about the humanitarian disaster of the sanctions regime for the NY Times, right wing pundits called me an evil Saddamist for my efforts.

No matter how hard I tried to convey the complexity of the situation – a client regime where sanctions hurt everyday Iraqis and entrenched Saddam’s power; a booming theatre scene that could critique the ruling class via clever double meanings; a higher status for women than most places in the Arab world slowly being eroded by the excesses of the embargo – I could feel people’s eyes gloss over – All the nuance wiped away by an unblinking ‘but Saddam is evil- no?’ response. It was as if the entire nation was reduced to a single image of an archetypal Arab dictator.

The other day at a reception, an American woman academic asked me about my plans for the fall. When I mentioned I’d be travelling to Iraq to research my next book – a political travelogue of ancient sites that subverts the traditional touristic narrative with stories of widows, orphans and the displaced – I felt the same blank stare. “Oh great, so you plan on ending up as an ISIS sex slave then?” she deadpanned – as if ISIS were the singular narrative – and singular evil – in a country of some 33 million souls.

A decade ago, the caricatured reduction of 33 million people to mini-Saddams that once typified mainstream media portrayals of Iraqis before the invasion was replaced by a terrible new cartoon: Iraqis as mad suicide bombers magically transformed from secular to sectarian within a few years of occupation. The victims of the new terror were labeled as its perpetrators.

For years Iraqis have had to live with this bizarre conflation and ISIS provides a whole new opportunity.

“ISIS sex slave” is the new neo-liberal dinner party circuit catchphrase – the 2015 equivalent of “Saddam is evil” that eviscerates context, complexity and any sense of Iraqi agency.

Why must the dominant media narrative continue to portray Iraqis as either terrorists or victims the West is either fighting or rescuing? Once again the oppression of the binary dialectic rears its ugly head as ISIS has put Iraq back on the media map after a long hiatus.

In the past decade so many foreign news bureaus have been shut down in the country that on the ground reports have been few and far between. It was as if Western audiences were satiated by horror stories and could consume no more. That is until ISIS – the ultimate conflation of Western fears and neo-colonial fantasies about the region, straight out of a Hollywood action movie and starring characters from central casting – came along and hogged the media spotlight.

The media attention of course feeds right back into the ISIS agenda, so much so that an odd collusion of right wing Islamophobes and the brutal terrorists they decry has emerged as a fresh new monster. Pamela Geller and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would seem a match made in heaven- with a marriage performed on YouTube.

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Brother Who Attacked Homeless Latino Man Also Have A History of Islamophobic Hate Crimes

24 August, 2015 - 19:45

Dennis Van Tine/ZUMA

Dennis Van Tine/ZUMA

Scott Leader, one of the Leader brothers who assaulted a homeless Latino man drew inspiration from Donald Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. It turns out Scott Leader has a history of hate crimes. After 9/11 the elder Leader attacked a Muslim man and called him a “terrorist.”

Mother Jones

“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Boston police believe two brothers are responsible for a brutal attack Wednesday evening that left a homeless Hispanic man with a broken nose and covered in urine. One of the men, 38-year-old Scott Leader, told police he was inspired by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s message on immigration.

“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” Leader allegedly told cops when he was arrested with his brother, 30-year-old Steve Leader.

The Boston Globe reported that a witness saw the brothers beating the 58-year-old victim with a pole three or four times as he attempted to defend himself.

This isn’t the first time the Leader brothers have been charged with a crime. After the attacks on September 11, Scott Leader was convicted with a hate crime after he assaulted a Muslim man and called him a “terrorist.”

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Train gunman ‘dumbfounded’ by terrorist tag, says he was hungry

24 August, 2015 - 19:24

French soldiers patrol at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP)

French soldiers patrol at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP)

Is this a post-fact defense tactic to try and exculpate himself from the crime or was he really attempting to rob the train? What doesn’t make sense is why do you need an AK to rob a train and who just finds AK’s lying around in a park? Also we need to learn more about what actually went down on the train.

By Reuters | Paris/Algeciras, Spain
Sunday, 23 August 2015

A gunman who attacked passengers on a high-speed train in France two days ago is “dumbfounded” at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry, his lawyer said on Sunday.

As details emerged of the gunman’s early adult life in Spain, lawyer Sophie David said her client — now in detention near Paris — also looked ill and malnourished.

French and Spanish sources close to the case have identified him as a 26-year-old Moroccan named Ayoub el Khazzani who was known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant.

“(I saw) somebody who was very sick, somebody very weakened physically, as if he suffered from malnutrition, very, very thin and very haggard,” David told BFMTV.

“He is dumbfounded by the terrorist motives attributed to his action,” she added.

David said the man was barefoot and wore only a hospital shirt and boxer shorts for the police interrogation in Arras, northern France, where the train stopped after the incident.

The Moroccan told David he had found the Kalashnikov he had taken onto the train in a park near the Gare du Midi rail station in Brussels where he was in the habit of sleeping.

“A few days later he decided to get on a train that some other homeless people told him would be full of wealthy people travelling from Amsterdam to Paris and he hoped to feed himself by armed robbery,” David said.

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Jon Ritzheimer’s Militia Pals Moonlighted As Drug, Cash ‘Rip crew’

23 August, 2015 - 04:40

Arizona Special Operations Group

“Deatherage and Frazier are members of a militia called Arizona Special Operations Group, The ASOG also provided security for Jon Ritzheimer.”

By Morgan Loew, PHOENIX (CBS5) –

Three members of a border militia group are behind bars, charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine. They were caught in an FBI sting operation, involving an undercover agent, a plot to steal drugs and money from cartel smugglers, an offer of murder for hire and a high speed chase through the streets of Phoenix.

The FBI arrested Parris Frazier, Robert Deatherage and Erik Foster on July 22, following a seven-month investigation.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Customs and Border Protection agents first made contact with Frazier during a traffic stop in January. The complaint states that the agents mentioned that they had recently lost contact with an informal source, who was giving them details about illegal activity. Frazier reportedly stated that he would like to make contact with that informant in order to help the Border Patrol.

Two weeks later, an undercover FBI agent made contact with Frazier, claiming to be the Border Patrol’s source.

The complaint states:

“Frazier said he had a small group of Patriots that he trusted and they were trying to take care of (steal) anything that came up out of Mexico (drugs) or was going back into Mexico (bulk cash), but they preferred the cash loads going south. Frazier told the UCE that if he provided decent intel on stuff going south (bulk cash), Frazier would give the UCE a percentage of whatever is taken.”

The complaint states that over the course of the next six months, the undercover agent made contact with Frazier several more times, and set up fictitious drug and cash “rips” that were monitored by the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI. At one point, Frazier reportedly offered to kill anyone the undercover agent wanted “taken out.”

The complaint describes instances where authorities set up scenarios in which Frazier and his team believed they were stealing cartel cash.

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West Virginia Man Charged In Statue Of Liberty Bomb Threat Hoax

20 August, 2015 - 20:30

 Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

John Paul Smith is charged with conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes. (Credit: Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office)

Another fake terrorist attack by a White Southerner attempting to fearmonger about Muslims and Islam.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A West Virginia man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly calling in a hoax threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

Jason Paul Smith, 42, of Harts, West Virginia, was arrested in Lubbock, Texas, authorities said. According to federal prosecutors, he made a call to 911 on April 24 using an iPad and a service that helps hearing-impaired people make phone calls. In the call, Smith identified himself as an “ISI terrorist” named “Abdul Yasin” and threatened that “we” are preparing to “blow up” the Statue of Liberty, prosecutors said.

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Joe Kaufman Attacks Muslim Law Enforcement Officers

18 August, 2015 - 21:12

Joe Kaufman

Joe Kaufman

Original guest article

By Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

The defeated Republican congressional candidate and eulogist of the late terrorist Rabbi Meir Kahane, Joe Kaufman, keeps doubling down on his attacks against anything Muslim. Most recently, he has accused Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, of being disloyal to his oath for swearing in a recognized Muslim leader, Nezar Hamze, as his deputy. Kaufman probably doesn’t know that Hamze, who is also the Regional Operations Director for CAIR Florida, was first appointed as a cadet by Israel’s predecessor, Sheriff Al Lamberti.

After winning his election in 2013, Israel decided to swear in Deputy Hamze as a member of his team. Israel’s decision undoubtedly strengthened his team even more as it shows the Sheriff’s commitment to keep and strengthen one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse Law Enforcement agencies in the whole nation.

Because I am a resident of Broward County and I personally know both individuals, I can be nothing but proud to count on both Sheriff Israel and his Deputy, Nezar Hamze, to safeguard my community, my neighborhood, and my family. They are both God-fearing men in uniform and that I respect and honor.

I know that Joe Kaufman is losing sleep at night, knowing that an honorable American Muslim is actually serving and protecting the citizens in Broward County. Joe Kaufman represents the antithesis of the American way of life I stood for as a U.S. Naval Officer.  In that capacity, I fully understood the true meaning of holding true to our Oath; a similar oath as those taken by other men in uniform such as Sheriff Israel and Deputy Hamze.

Joe Kaufman definitely does not know the meaning of such an oath because, in every political aspiration he has run for, our wise electorate have denied his bigotry to walk up the stairs of our Capitol House. I am certain that the South Florida community will never forget Kaufman’s discourses filled with xenophobia and hatred and will consistently keep him very far away from any public office.

Mr. Kaufman, learn this once and for all: hatred and xenophobia are passé; nobody likes it and nobody likes you!


Attorney Wilfredo Amr Ruiz is also a Muslim Chaplain and Political Analyst on the Middle East and Muslim World. For the past seven years he has been a regular columnist at El Nuevo Día newspaper in Puerto Rico and is also a columnist for El Diario de NY . He is also a writer for WebIslam and a guest columnist for various others publications. Ruiz is regularly interviewed and consulted at national and international media outlets on diverse issues on politics of the Middle East and the Muslim World, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

In 1997 he performed Hajj, the Islamic major pilgrimage to Mecca. He founded the Puerto Rico and Connecticut chapters of The American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), and acts as legal advisor to the Council on American Islamic Relations of South Florida.

Georgia National Guardsman Admits He Wrote Fake Terrorist Death Threat Against Himself

18 August, 2015 - 20:45

National Guard information technology specialist Brett Downing [WSB-TV]

National Guard information technology specialist Brett Downing [WSB-TV]

This story was being used to terrorize already freaked out and afraid Americans. The article states that “no motive has been identified for his actions.”

Perhaps like the last false-flag attempt, which also took place in Georgia, he sought to “educate people that terror strikes can happen anywhere and without warning.”

By , Raw Story

A 23-year-old Army National Guard member admitted to planting a note on his own car threatening to kill not only him, but other American troops, WSB-TV reported on Monday.

Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia charged Brett Downing, listed as an information technology specialist, with filing a false police report. No motive has been identified for his alleged actions.

According to WSB, the note was originally found on Downing’s windshield outside of his job at a local office building less than a week after the fatal shooting of five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“Dear amercian [sic] soldier, death to you coward women child killer and all the amercian [sic] military,” the note read. “Mohammad will show no mercy on you attacks will come full force death is to come to you.”

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Raw Story: Jon Ritzheimer Threatens Bloodshed At Farrakhan Rally

18 August, 2015 - 19:01


After planning the failed “World Rally against Islam” neo-Atheist and unemployed loser Jon Ritzheimer can also add that he is affiliated with a drug dealing militia. Ritzheimer’s most recent cry for attention has been his threat to go after Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

In a bizarre rant he threatens violence, do we even need to  imagine what would happen if a Muslims had said this? How would the neo-athiest Islamophobes, like Sam Harris, Bill Maher react?

By , Raw Story

Saying he “has f*cking had it,” the organizer of an anti-Muslim protest in Phoenix — that failed spectacularly — has posted another video to Facebook ranting and screaming in the middle of the Arizona desert about an upcoming battle with Islam.

“Prepare yourself for 10-9 / 10-10!!!! The likelihood for blood will be high. True colors will be shown once again when we step up to this common enemy who attacks humanity daily and enslaves it’s [sic] followers,” Jon Ritzheimer, who is affiliated with the right-wing Three Percenters militia group, wrote on his Facebook page.

Holding an assault rifle, with his truck and an American flag behind him for dramatic effect, Ritzhemier went off on the pending nuclear deal with Iran saying “billions of dollars” will pour into the Middle Eastern country.

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Denmark: Man Who Attempted to Burn Down Mosque While 40 Inside Arrested

17 August, 2015 - 23:29


Photo: Mathias Øgendal/Scanpix

Recently, Denmark has been in the news for its ban on Kosher and Halal meat, interestingly until April of this year animal brothels were legal and frequented, finally banned with a 91-75 vote due to international pressure.

Denmark has a virulent and hateful trend of Islamophobia in its society and bigots willing to act on that hate. Earlier this year a Muslim cemetery was vandalized and now a mosque that had 40 occupants was targeted in an arson attack.

The Local

Danish police said Sunday they had arrested a man on suspicion of torching an Islamic centre in Copenhagen’s Nordvest district earlier in the day.

“At 11.31am, the police were informed that a man had started a fire by throwing a flammable liquid … at the Muslim centre,” a police statement said.

The fire, which caused only superficial damage to the outside of the building, was quickly contained, police said. Some 40 people were inside the building at the time.

The suspect, who was born in 1980, will appear in court on Monday. Police said that the suspect has been previously convicted on charges that include vandalism.

The building complex belongs to the Islamic Society in Denmark (Det Islamiske Trossamfund), whose members also worship at an adjoining mosque. The group denounced the fire as “an act of terrorism” on its website.

This act “was likely the result of political and religious motives… As tragic at it is, it unfortunately does not surprise us,” the centre said.

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Hirsi Ali and ACT for America Team Up for Event on Islam

14 August, 2015 - 19:37

That Ayaan Hirsi Ali and that ACT! For America. The language used to describe Ali, calling her, “a controversial voice calling for Islamic reform,” is a bit misleading since this is the same Ali who calls for “militarily crushing” Islam.

Bridge Initiative

Next month, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial voice calling for Islamic reform, is scheduled to appear at a Washington, DC event hosted by one of the nation’s most active anti-Muslim groups. The Somali-born author and activist will deliver the keynote address at the annual conference of ACT for America, a non-profit advocacy group that lobbies across the country for bans on Sharia, and promotes the profile of its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, who has said, among other things, that practicing Muslims cannot be loyal American citizens. The two-day event brings together a host of commentators, bloggers, and ex-military personnel with histories of inflammatory statements about Islam and Muslims, and features a legislative session on Capitol Hill with scheduled speeches by fourteen members of Congress.

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Mondoweiss: ‘They are the terrorists’–-Palestinians mourn a second death from settler arson attack

10 August, 2015 - 21:00


They threw molotovs into a sleeping family’s home. A baby, Ali Dawabshe was burned to death and now his father has succumbed to his injuries.

Noura Erakat notes,

“The Israeli state and its vigilantes have killed 1 Palestinian child every 3 days for the past 13 years. They also detain them as adults, break their bones with stones, try them in military court, shoot them dead as they march w their school bags on their backs, bomb them in their homes with their families, and then criminalize them as terrorists.”

In another post Erakat provides readers with perspective regarding the impunity that Settlers operate under,

“This is not an outlier of bad Zionist settler apples- this is constitutive of settler-colonialism’s structural violence – Jewish supremacy is the corollary to Palestinian ethnic cleansing.

It is among the 11,000 settler attacks against Palestinian bodies and lands that have gone unpunished in the last decade. Impunity for these practices ensures their exponential rise- including 144% increase in violence from 2009-2011. This attack is in “revenge” for the demolition of 2 “illegal” buildings in the illegal settlement of Beit Il – because colonial subjects are not human and thus expendable.”


Hundreds of mourners from the northern West Bank poured into the hamlet of Duma to lay to rest a second Palestinian who had succumbed to wounds from a settler arson attack last week. Sa’ad Dawabshe, father of baby Ali Dawabshe who burned to death in the attack, died in the early morning hours in a hospital in southern Israel where he was being treated. His remains were transferred to his parents’ home outside of Nablus.

Seated in her courtyard around dozens of relatives, Dawabshe’s mother wept as she clutched a white tissue cloth. Her son’s body was ceremoniously displayed in front of her atop a low table draped in the Palestinian flag. Journalists clamored around her for photographs and interviews under the canopied patio. 

 Dan Cohen)

 Dan Cohen)

Amid the summer heat wave two relatives fainted while overcome with grief, causing a stir from aiding family members who themselves were also sobbing.

“Killing women, children, the elderly,” said Maitha Selman, 60, an aunt of Dawabshe who stood in the courtyard, “it is not allowed in monotheistic religions. It’s sinful.” 

“They say we the Palestinian are terrorists, but no, they—the Israelis—are the terrorists,” Selman continued.

Dawabshe’s remains were then hoisted through the town to the village cemetery, followed by chants of “strike, strike Tel Aviv,” shouted by Palestinians who marched behind Dawabshe’s shrouded body, singing out a protest anthem that was popularized during the last two wars in Gaza.

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BBC: Hindu group ‘flew Pakistan flag to create tension’

10 August, 2015 - 19:31


By Habib Beary, BBC

Police say those arrested belong to the Sri Rama Sena group.

The flag was raised in Sindgi, near Bijapur, on 1 January, leading to angry protests by Hindu organisations and the stoning of a Muslim prayer hall.

Police say Sri Rama Sena was trying to create “communal disharmony” in an area with a sizeable Muslim presence.

Sri Rama Sena is a fringe group that claimed responsibility for attacking women outside a pub in the coastal district of Mangalore in 2009, saying that allowing females in pubs was against Indian culture.

‘Dividing society’

Inspector general of police Charan Reddy told the BBC the situation in Sindgi was “now peaceful”.

“It seems they were out to create communal disharmony,” he said.

Hindu organisations had called for strikes in a number of towns around Bijapur to protest against the flag-raising.

But Mr Reddy said police investigations had led them to members of the Sri Rama Sena, a group founded by Pramod Muthalik after it broke away from the Bajrang Dal, an affiliate of the long-standing Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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Nigerian Army Rescued 178 People From Boko Haram

10 August, 2015 - 18:16



Some good news.

AlJazeera English

Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several of the group’s camps in the northeast of the country, an army statement said late Sunday.

Spokesman Col. Tukur Gusau said in an emailed statement that Nigerian troops freed 101 children, 67 women and 10 men.

The Nigerian Air Force reported killing “a large number” of Boko Haram fighters while repelling an attack on a village 30 miles southwest of the army operations that took place around Bama.

Sunday’s statements did not specify when the attacks occurred.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to “spare no effort” to crush Boko Haram which has become the main security threat to Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

A multi-national joint taskforce made of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin is being set up in the Chadian capital N’Djamena to tackle Boko Haram.

The force was supposed to start operations on July 31 but has been dogged by a lack of funding and political will.

Last week the Nigerian army said rescued 71 kidnapped people.

Hundreds have been freed from Boko Haram captivity this year but none of the 219 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok were among those rescued.

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