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Boko Haram attacks Borno capital, Maiduguri

Boko Haram attacks Borno capital, Maiduguri
January 25
11:47 2015

Boko Haram is currently attacking Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, as well as Monguno, another town in the state.

The attack comes less than a day after President Goodluck Jonathan left the state capital to campaign for re-election.

Soldiers were “repelling the simultaneous attacks” as at the time of reporting.

“Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on Monguno and Maiduguri by terrorists,” the defence headquarters said.

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“Coordinated air and land operation being conducted now.”

It also announced the imposition of a curfew on Maiduguri “with immediate effect till further notice”.

The militants began the attack at the edge of the city in the Njimtilo area.

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Reuters quoted Rachel Adamu, who lives around Njimtilo as saying, “Please pray for us, we are in danger, under serious attack now.”

The insurgents last attempted to take Maiduguri from the same area in December 2013 and attacked a nearby army and air force base.

Reuters said shelling was heard and military helicopters were circling the city.

BBC reported the attack as well, saying “fierce fighting” was taking place on the outskirts of the city in the bid of insurgents to take it over.

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2 Comments

  1. Hadiza Yusuf
    Hadiza Yusuf January 25, 14:04

    I can see correlation between this and Dasuki’s call for postponement of polls! It is a pity that politics is played with people’s lives!

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