Fighting on the outskirts

Bad. Now Boko Haram is attacking Maiduguri, which is not a village but a city.

Fighters from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have launched an attack on the key city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria.

Fierce fighting was reported on the outskirts. The military is carrying out air strikes, and a curfew is in place.

Maiduguri is home to tens of thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram attacks and was visited on Saturday by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Another Boko Haram attack was reported in Monguno, north of Maiduguri.

Bad bad bad news.

The attack appeared to have begun in the Njimtilo district on the edge of the city.

Nigerian military spokesman Chris Olukolade tweeted that a curfew had been imposed in Maiduguri following an attack there and elsewhere in Borno state.

A resident of the Moronti area, Buba Kyari, told Agence France-Presse: “It is flying bullets everywhere. All we hear are sounds of guns and explosions. A rocket-propelled grenade hit and killed a person from my neighbourhood who was fleeing into the city.”

The BBC’s Chris Ewokor in Abuja says the military are carrying out co-ordinated air strikes and ground attacks against the insurgents.

The party of Men With Guns is winning more territory.


  1. brucegee1962 says

    Unbelievable. I just went to NBCNews to see the latest. Nothing in the first few headlines. So I started counting down to see how far on the page it was buried.

    Nope. It wasn’t buried. It wasn’t there at all.

    Multiple articles about some kind of underinflated athletic equipment — that was important. The ongoing takeover of a major continental power by a gang of murderers and rapists? Nah, not of interest to our readers.

    We’re doomed.

  2. lorn says

    There was some pretty good, in comparison, reporting on NPR about this on the 25th and, if I heard it right, a mention of the developing situation in the area on NPR on the 24th.

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