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Nigerian Army Repels Boko Haram as New President Starts Term

31 May 2015 18:15



Nigeria’s military repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key Northeastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the terrorist group.

The overnight attack on the Borno state capital saw rocket-propelled grenades fired into homes in a bombardment that reportedly lasted several hours, AFP reported.

The fighting was most heavily concentrated in the Dala suburb to the South of the city.

In his inaugural speech after taking the oath of office on Friday, Buhari described Nigeria’s Takfiri terrorists as a “mindless” and “Godless” group that would ultimately be destroyed.

He announced plans to reinforce Maiduguri with a new command and control center to better coordinate the counter-insurgency effort, a move analysts said signaled his commitment to intensifying the fight.

Maiduguri-based vigilante Babagana Bulunkutu said the RPGs fell on homes “while residents were sleeping.”

“Five houses were destroyed,” and terrorist gunmen fired indiscriminately in Dala and two neighboring suburbs, Bulunkutu said.

Three senior security sources in Maiduguri who were not authorized to speak publicly said the attack had been repelled.

“All is under control. There is no cause for alarm,” one of those sources said.

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