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Maiduguri/Damaturu Road, Shuts Again

The only safe highway linking Maiduguri, Borno State and Damaturu, Yobe State, has been temporarily obstructed yesterday by the Nigerian Army. The blockade is as the result of the siege laid on the highway by the insurgents’ group (Boko Haram) several passengers traveling on the highway were stranded due to the military action. The Nigerian military, on the other hand, are making effort to clear the siege laid on the road by the terror group.

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Following a series of attacks in the last 48 hours by the terror group on civilians passing on the road, the Nigeria army deploys more of its troops to strengthen the operation of the military. In 2014, five out of the six roads leading in and out of Maiduguri were closed by the military for security concerns due to the increasing strength of Boko Haram on territories that led to the displacement of residents from their communities.

As you may already know, the attacks of the terrorist group were recently heightened in the past few days. Bridges on the major roads that lead to the Borno state capital were bombed leaving only those on the Kano-Maiduguri, which connects the state with Damaturu, the Yobe state capital unaffected. According to a report by Vanguard, the decision of the military to block the highway was prompted by the recent attack of Boko Haram on Ngamdu, a village on the boundary of Yobe and Borno state.

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Furthermore, it was reported three weeks ago that suspected members of the terrorist group attack a military barrack situated at a village called Kukareta in Yobe State. The report added that the suspected insurgents wreaked havoc on military camps and their checkpoint. Although there is no update on when the roadblock will be removed by the military, it is believed that the action will go a long way to reduce the frequency of Boko Haram attack in the vicinity.

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