Nigeria’s military says Boko Haram’s main fighting force is trapped in the northeastern Sambisa Forest.
Meanwhile a member of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, speaking on the seven people killed said, “My younger sister lives in Dala-Lawant”. “Over 30 people also sustained injuries and fire also destroyed two houses near the scene”.
“It was deafening explosions all over, as volleys of RPGS were fired by Boko Haram from outside the city”, Yusuf said by phone. “There is no cause for alarm”, one of those sources told AFP. “… The attacks were ultimately neutralized, and the terrorists forced to retreat”.
The attack follows twin bomb blasts in a Borno town early on Friday.
Niger has extended for three months the state of emergency in its southeastern Diffa region where the army has been battling Boko Haram militants since February, authorities announced yesterday.
Locals reported other residential homes being hit. For years they have dealt with Boko Haram assaults, bombings, abductions and mass kidnappings – the most infamous being the taking of more than 200 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in 2014. By prosecuting Boko Haram, however, Spain has done what the Nigerian government has failed to do.
Tackling this insurgency is one of the main tasks facing Buhari, who took over from Goodluck Jonathan in what was the first peaceful transfer of power between Nigeria’s rival parties since the end of military rule in 1999.
The attack occurred barely a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the Islamist militant group and move the command centre for military operations away from the capital Abuja to Maiduguri. And when we went back this morning to find out what transpired we met people mourning the death of seven people killed by bullet from a rocket launcher. “Nigerians won’t regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to United States”.