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Nigerian Military Responding To Infiltration Attempt In Maiduguri

Nigerian Army troops backed by artillery guns are responding to the unfolding security incident in Maiduguri, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

The Nigerian Military, Tuesday evening, May 11, deployed artillery in support of troops responding to an infiltration attempt by terrorists in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Northeast Nigeria.

HumAngle understands that troops are engaging the insurgents who were coming around Maiduguri city.

The sound of gunfire and explosions from the artillery shelling of the insurgents could be heard by residents of the densely populated garrison capital city.

A reinforcement convoy was seen heading towards the Jiddari Polo axis of the city.

Maiduguri is encircled by trenches and military outposts designed to protect it from infiltration and attacks. One of the air bases employed for operations against the insurgents is also located in Maiduguri.

Residents of the garrison towns have been without electricity for weeks after ISWAP, a splinter faction of Boko Haram, targeted the transmission line hours after engineers temporarily restored power following an earlier attack on the transmission line by the group.

HumAngle is monitoring the unfolding situation.

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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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