ISWAP Knocks Off More Electricity Towers To Sustain Maiduguri Blackout

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has blown up more electricity transmission towers near Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria.

ISWAP has blown up additional electricity towers near Maiduguri city, Borno State capital, in an attempt to sustain the blackout wrecking economic growth. 

Multiple towers along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Transmission line connecting the garrison city and environs to the national grid, were brought down in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 17.

The attack, which happened a few kilometres from Auno, comes months after the group destroyed installations and took electricity supply offline in March, two months after the transmission company of Nigeria (TCN) initiated temporary repair work and restored power to the city. 

Authorities were also attempting to provide an alternative electricity route through the Damboa-Maiduguri transmission line. 

The Maiduguri-Damaturu axis is prone to attacks on commuters, logistics supply, and security forces by insurgents. In February, while the repairs were ongoing, two members of the repair team sustained injuries when their vehicle struck a landmine laid by ISWAP. 


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