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Multiple Rockets Hit Nigeria’s Northeastern Maiduguri City

Nigeria is grappling with security challenges in the Northeast that have led to thousands of deaths and displaced over two million people.

At least one house was severely damaged as explosions in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 4, hit Nigeria’s Northeast city of Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

HumAngle understands that multiple rockets were fired from Duwari area hitting a house located in 1000 Housing Estate, situated at the outskirts of Maiduguri.

Two other rockets were reported to have landed around the Gomari area and 777 Housing Estate. 

It was not immediately clear if there were casualties and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

ISWAP has recently intensified attacks in the Northeastern state, suggesting that the terror group is making frantic efforts to stamp its authority.

A video from the incident at the  1000 Housing Estate showed shattered glasses as well as collapsed and damaged sections of the house.  

A section of the city’s protective trenches built to prevent infiltration and attacks from insurgents runs behind the housing estate. 

The estate is about 1.20 kilometers from Maiduguri Air Force Base and 2.40 kilometers from the city’s airport. 

In October, gunfire and artillery projectile launch was heard around the Pompomari, 777 and 1000 Housing Estates area.

The fortified metropolitan city, Maiduguri, houses government buildings, humanitarian actors, residents, and the counter-insurgency headquarters in charge of prosecuting the military operations against insurgent groups. 

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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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