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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Boko Haram Launches Major Attack In Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked Maiduguri on Wednesday in what was seen as the sect’s most serious assault of late.

The raid comes six months after President Muhammadu Buhari said Boko Haram had “technically” been defeated by a military campaign that had pushed it deep into the Sambisa forest.

Sources said they heard explosions and heavy gunfire for at least 45 minutes at the outskirts of the city. Thousands of civilians fled the fighting, they said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian army on Wednesday called for calm in Maiduguri after hours of shootings in the outskirts of the town which resulted in panic around Damboa road, Old G.R.A.

Lt.-Col. Kinsley Samuel, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Department, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the situation was under control.

He stated that “the situation in Maiduguri is under control. The public is requested not to panic but to stay calm.”

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