HAPPENING NOW!! Nigerian Army Close Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway Amidst Fresh Boko Haram Attacks

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Nigerian troops have closed the one secure freeway that leads into Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, following a collection of assaults on the route by Boko Haram insurgents within the final 48 hours.
It is just not but clear how lengthy the closure will final, however motorists mentioned they have been stopped from plying the route early Wednesday.
There are six main highways that takes travellers out and in of Maiduguri. But with the seize of territories and displacement of residents from their communities in 2014, all of the 5 roads have been closed by the navy resulting from safety issues.
At the height of its assaults, Boko Haram bombed bridges on the key routes resulting in Maiduguri, besides the Maiduguri-Kano freeway that hyperlinks the state capital with the Yobe state capital, Damaturu.
Since 2014, troopers and the police have battled to stop Boko Haram from attacking the Benishek Bridge which is the one bridge on the 135km-long street linking Maiduguri and Damaturu. Benishek is the headquarters of Kaga native authorities space of Borno state.

The navy and residents feared that ought to the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road fall underneath the management of Boko Haram, the insurgents would have successfully gained the conflict as a result of the Borno State capital would have been virtually reduce off from all entry by land.

Even after the navy from December 2017 via early 2018, opened up a lot of the roads that have been taken by Boko Haram, travelling on them nonetheless required heavy navy escort.
On Christmas Day, three weeks in the past, suspected Boko Haram gunmen carried out a significant assault on a navy base situated at Kukareta village of Yobe state, alongside the Maiduguri-Damaturu freeway, the place they burnned down the camp and dislodged the checkpoint being manned by troopers there.

On Monday, Boko Haram insurgents carried out one more assault on Auno village, 25km away from Maiduguri.

The assault, which was confirmed by the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Benson Akinroluyo, a significant common, occurred at about 6 p.m. on Monday.

It was later adopted by a late evening assault on a village, Sajiri, situated proper exterior Maiduguri city.
Though particulars of the Auno assault are nonetheless not clear as navy has blocked entry to the village, Premium Times reviews that two individuals have been killed and eight homes burnt in Sajiri.
Sajiri is a small group situated behind the Nigeria Air Force base, located alongside the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road.
Though causes behind navy’s choice to shut down the street haven’t been made clear, dependable sources mentioned that Ngamdu, a boundary village between Borno and Yobe state, situated alongside the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway, was attacked final evening.

A navy supply knowledgeable quoted by Premium Times Wednesday mentioned vehicular motion on the Maiduguri-Kano Road have been prolonged right down to Potiskum, a city in Yobe, which is about 235km away from Maiduguri.
Confirming the event, a industrial cab driver who usually plies the route, Ali Vectra, mentioned through cellphone that, “We have stopped loading passengers as a result of the troopers have closed the street, which makes it not possible for us to journey in or out of the city”.
Saidu Bappa, a enterprise man in Damagum, a neighborhood authorities headquarters in Yobe state, which is about 68km away from Damaturu, additionally confirmed to Premium Times that the street between Damaturu and Potiskum has additionally been closed down.
“Normally, the street is closed at evening and opened for vehicular actions at 6am on a regular basis,” he mentioned.
“But we wakened this morning to seek out out that the street remained closed from Potiskum to Damaturu.”
The growth has tons of of autos and travellers stranded on the both sides of the street.

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