Maiduguri under fresh attack by the Boko haram sect.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday launched a fresh attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital from a cashew plantation a few kilometres from the Giwa Barracks. Maiduguri has not experienced an attack since two major takeover attempts in late January and early February as well as several bombings in March.

The insurgents have been fighting to create a Islamic state in the North- Eastern part of Nigeria along the border with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Residents said on Wednesday that they heard heavy shooting and explosions on the outskirts of the city and began fleeing their homes. The shooting, which was still heard as of 8pm, according to them, began around 6.45pm.

A security source, who participated in the operation, said they fought off several hundred insurgents, which included suicide bombers.

- Punch
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