Extremists attack Nigerian city

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Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Islamic extremists are attacking the biggest city in north-east Nigeria from four fronts.

The third attack in a week on Maiduguri comes as Nigeria’s worried neighbours are forming a multinational force to confront Boko Haram’s growing uprising.

Trapped residents said they could not sleep for the crescendo from booming cannon, whooshing rockets and the staccato of submachine gunfire.

A senior army officer said the militants are “everywhere,” attacking from all four main roads leading into the city of two million and are within10 miles.

Maiduguri’s international airport has been closed since the insurgents launched a major attack in December 2013 and destroyed five aircraft at a neighbouring air force base.

The city is the birthplace of the extremist movement.

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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