Nigeria soldiers raid paper 'over Boko Haram article'

Nigerian soldiers have raided the main office of the private Daily Trust newspaper and confiscated computers.

It follows the arrest of some staff at the newspaper’s office in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Daily Trust says it may be connected with its lead story on Sunday about the military preparing an operation to recapture territory.

The army denies it recently lost control of some towns to militants.

The military has not given a reason for its actions against the Daily Trust.

The insurgents, who have caused havoc in north-eastern Nigeria since 2009, are fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.

‘Sensitive to criticism’

According to the Daily Trust, a well respected daily paper and news site, the soldiers forced open the gates of its head office in the capital, Abuja, and drove in with three vans loaded with armed soldiers.

Image caption The soldiers, seen here by the Daily Trust’s gates, have stopped operations at the main office

Witnesses told the BBC the soldiers then ordered staff to hand over all computers and laptops and had taken over control of the Abuja office.

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