Scores Killed as Boko Haram Attacked Airforce Base Prompting Imposition of 24 Hour Curfew on Maidugiri

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Boko Haram attacked the Airforce Base and other part of the state capital at 3am this morning, as bomb and gun fire could be heard.
Other place attacked include the Maiduguri International Airport, the newly constructed trailer park, residential and public buildings, and military checkpoints.
An eye witness account said he saw some military operational vehicles carrying dead bodies to the hospital at about 6am, the dead bodies were suspected to be security agents killed during the attack”.
Army spokesman Ibrahim Attahiru confirmed the attacks and said one of the attacks struck near the city’s airport but he was not able to provide further details.
There are no independent confirmation as phone network has been shut down in Borno state since May, when a state of emergency was declared in the area.
In response to the attack on the capital by Boko Haram member, the state government has today imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the state capital.
In a statement release to the media, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Jidda announced the government decision in Maiduguri. He said the curfew was imposed after consultation with the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army.
“During the period of curfew, government pleads with all citizens to remain calm.
Only vehicles on emergency calls and essential services are allowed to move while the curfew will be lifted as soon as situation improves.
The imposition of the curfew is necessitated by an attack in Maiduguri by people suspected to be Boko Haram members in the early hours of today”, said Jidda.
The latest attack jolted the city residences and cast doubt on military claims that Boko Haram have been pushed into remote, more rural parts of the northeast.
Meanwhile, the military on Saturday said they would tighten security in communities near Nigeria’s northern and eastern borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon due to fears about Boko Haram strikes over the Christmas and New Year period. It said the shutdown would help block militants from coordinating attacks.
Boko Haram has been fighting to impose islam across Nigeria.

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