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ISWAP Kills 3 Persons In Multiple Rocket Explosions In Maiduguri

Islamic State West Africa Province(ISWAP) targeted Maiduguri with indirect fire projectiles. The group is known to have a stockpile of 122m GRAD rocket and other explosive projectiles captured from security forces.

At least three people were killed and buildings destroyed by Islamic West Africa Province (ISWAP) rockets fired into the Northeastern city of Maiduguri, Borno State, while the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was arriving to commission projects. 

An unknown number of rockets exploded in the Ngomari axis of the state capital, about two kilometers from the Airport used by civilian and government aircraft, and less than a kilometer from the Air Force base.

The Air Force base is home to combat rotary and fixed-wing aircraft including the recently acquired United States built Embraer 314 Super Tucano.

HumAngle had earlier reported the explosions which were heard at about 10:45 a. m.   

At least one house was severely damaged as explosions in the early hours of  Dec. 4, hit Maiduguri, after ISWAP fired multiple 122mm GRAD rockets in an attempt to target the airport.

The first known use of GRAD rockets was on the morning of Feb. 23, 2019, when ISWAP targeted Maiduguri, hours before voting began for presidential and parliamentary elections.

The metropolitan city is protected by a trench and security positions in the city which houses government buildings, humanitarian actors, and the counter-insurgency headquarters in charge of prosecuting the military operations against insurgent groups.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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