Boko Haram launch new assault with Heavy Artillery Fire on Maiduguri

February 1, 2015 11:41 am

These insurgents have been trying to capture this town for a while now.
There are reports of a fresh attack on the city of Maiduguri, in Borno
by militants. According to reports, armed men stormed the
city in the early hours of today, trying to enter Maiduguri through a
suburb community called Dalwa. Loud gun fire is being heard on the
streets of the northern city as many residents flee.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idriss, said people were
fleeing the south, but also moving into Maiduguri from the surrounding
areas, fearing fresh attacks from other directions.

“The fighting started at about 2:00am. The military also says it is deploying large numbers of troops to
the north of the city as this could be a ploy or diversion by Boko
Haram,” Idriss said

Idriss added the attack could be an attempt by the group to “prove a
point” following recent successes by multinational forces fighting Boko
Haram in Chad and Cameroon.
At least ten civilians were  killed in Maiduguri early this
morning as Boko Haram militants attack the city of Maiduguri with Rocket
Propelled Grenades and heavy weapons. Several homes were damaged in the
fierce fight as Nigerian troops working with civilian Joint Task Force
tried to repel the militants.

Residents say that the militants arrived Maiduguri
from three axis, with the largest contingent arriving from Konduga road
while two other column of fighters came from Damboa and Damaturu roads
respectively.

The militants began the attacks as early as  7:20 firing  RPGs and
other deadly weapons, Nigerian troops quickly engaged the militants
firing weapons from different parts of the city to repel the attacks.

As at the time of publishing this report, a rocket fired by Boko
Haram  has killed ten people in a water packaging factory and a nearby
church. Military sources said the  battle is still ongoing  with
military and local vigilantes chasing militants  towards Muina garage
area of Maiduguri. Boko Haram fighters plan  to overrun Maiduguri
before the February 14 date of ’s presidential elections.

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