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Boko Haram Fighters Bombed Maiduguri Military Barracks

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Boko Haram Fighters Bombed Maiduguri Military Barracks

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March 14, 2014 – Boko Haram Militants Bombed Maiduguri Military Barracks

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists armed with explosives attacked a residential neighbourhood and a military barracks in Nigeria’s troubled northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, witnesses said.

Boko Haram, which says it wants to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has killed thousands of people in its four-and-half-year uprising and the military has struggled to contain the violence.

According to multiple witness accounts, the gunmen entered Maiduguri after crossing a river on the fringes of the city.

They passed through the residential neighbourhood of Fauri, opened fire on civilians and torched several homes. Details on casualties were not immediately available.

An AFP reporter near the Giwa military barracks said the shooting there started shortly after 7:00 (0600 GMT).

The gunmen tossed explosives into the military compound, but it was not clear if they were able to force their way in, he reported, adding that smoke could still be seen billowing out of the barracks.

Area resident Dauda Mahmud said the Boko Haram gunmen “came in large numbers”.

Another witness, who requested anonymity, told AFP that “explosions and gunfire could be heard throughout the city.”

“We have never heard such explosions in this city for a very long time,” he added.

Students at the University of Maiduguri reported hearing sustained gunfire throughout the morning.

The campus is near the barracks and it was not clear if the university was separately targeted.

“There have been several deafening explosions and unending gunfire for the past one hour,” said student Mercy Bitrus.

“The fighting is no doubt taking place near Giwa barracks which is very close to us because the sounds are coming from the direction of the barracks,” she added.

The name Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” and schools and universities have been repeatedly targeted during the conflict.

The military in Borno state, where Maiduguri is the capital, did not answer repeated phone calls seeking comment.

Army chief, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah last week shifted base to the region.

Human Rights Watch on Friday said Boko Haram has carried out more than 40 attacks already in 2014 which have killed roughly 700 people.




  1. Patoya Michael

    March 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    These fools can never change

  2. Alhassan ndah

    March 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM


  3. barrister

    March 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    This is a trick where are the troops that were sent during the week end that this huge number of terrorist will com into the town and attack … See Nigerian FG mind you judgement day is Coming soon……

  4. dauda yakubu

    March 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    The FG are just playing tricks on we fellow northerners, last week saturday, sunday, and monday troops were been sent to the northeast almost 300 trucks and you expect us to believe that you Guys are not setting-up something a goal of your in the north, we are aware of what is going on. May God put you down…. Ameen

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