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Troops pursue Boko Haram insurgents after Maiduguri attack -Commander

Troops pursue Boko Haram insurgents after Maiduguri attack -Commander”

President Muhammadu Buhari previously claimed that Boko Haram had been defeated but continued attacks have prompted a renewed government push against the militants which has included the release of $1 billion last week from a state oil fund to help the fight.

The insurgents, who tried to enter the state capital through Molai, a village of about five kilometres away from Maiduguri, at about 5 30 pm were promptly driven back by the vigilant troops of operation Lafiya Dole. The casualty is yet to be ascertained.

The insurgents were said to have torched some houses and vandalized vehicles on Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.

"Many people fled their homes and scampered for safety into Maiduguri", he said, however that security had been beefed up in the metropolis to thwart any breach of peace while people were going about their normal activities.

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The government often says it is on alert for Boko Haram attacks during the Christmas period and other festivals for Christians and Muslims.

"The insurgents attacked the ED security section, torched houses and motorists caught in the cross fire".

All attempts to get details of the attacks from both the Army and Police were unsuccessful as their spokesmen did not respond to text messages sent to their mobile phones by our correspondent.

The police and military authorities are yet to comment on the Monday attack as at the time of this report.

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