Nigeria bans satellite phones to thwart Islamist militants

By REUTERS
June 19, 2013 15:56

 
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MAIDUGURI - Nigeria's military banned the use of Thuraya satellite phones on Wednesday in northeastern Borno state, a step it said was designed to stop Islamist militants communicating.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Borno and two other states on May 14, ordering extra troops in to try to crush Islamist sect Boko Haram, whose insurgency against has killed thousands of people in the past three years.

Authorities cut the mobile network in Borno state in the same week to disrupt Boko Haram's operations.

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