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Air Assault on Bama (Excerpt from 'The War Against Boko Haram’)

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen embeds with an operational air wing provided by private military contractors to the Nigerian military for their assault on the city of Bama.
May 13, 2015, 5:46pm

Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in Nigeria, leading former President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in the nation's northern states. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic State in Africa's most populous country.

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen embeds with an operational air wing provided by private military contractors to the Nigerian military for their invasion of the city of Bama. Aboard an MI-24 Hind attack helicopter, one of the most lethal pieces of military hardware, we witness an air assault on one of the terrorist organization's last strongholds.

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