Many stranded as Boko Haram attacks communities


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Many have been stranded since Sunday on Damaturu-Maiduguri road as suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched attacks on nearby communities.

A Maiduguri resident who had gone to Damaturu claimed the road had been shut since Sunday morning, TheCable reported on Monday.

He said many travellers were unable to return to their stations.

“We were supposed to return to Maiduguri but we’ve been stranded here in Damaturu because no vehicle is allowed to use that road now.

Another source in Damaturu told TheCable that transport workers in the affected areas moved their vehicles from the park for fear of attacks.

The source said: “The insurgents have been launching fresh attacks these days, and we are worried.

“Within the town, we are careful of how and where we move to. It appears as if the insurgents have infiltrated the major towns.”

It was learnt that was an exchange of fire early yesterday between the army and the insurgents in Jakana village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

Jakana is one of the communities along the Damaturu-Maiduguri axis.

Sagir Musa, army’s spokesperson, was not available to comment on the matter.

Soldiers deployed in the area, however, told TheCable that things would be brought under control.

“The troops are pushing them off to the bush, and hopefully the road should be reopened later today (yesterday)” one of the soldiers said.
“The time we left Maiduguri for Damaturu, we could feel the presence of the insurgents as we heard that some motorists have been earlier attacked.

“Although the military has marched into this area, we believe hundreds of the insurgents are still within the bushy villages along this axis, hiding

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