Activists have killed at the least 10 folks in Nigeria utilizing rocket-propelled grenades, what native authorities are calling “a brand new pattern”.
In accordance with Borno State Governor Babagana Zulumon, suspected Boko Haram militants have fired from the outskirts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri into densely populated areas.
He mentioned using these weapons “have to be stopped”.
That is the worst such assault in Maiduguri in a 12 months.
Town is the birthplace of Boko Haram.
The activists handed by the village of Boboshe, an enclave recognized to Boko Haram, the AFP information company quoted eyewitness Sama’ila Ibrahim as saying.
They then walked by the fortification of the ditch round Maiduguri and began capturing sporadically, which brought on folks to go to security, he added.
Explosives started to rain close to Maiduguri College round 6:00 p.m. native time on Tuesday, the Reuters information company mentioned, quoting witnesses.
One of many grenades hit a youngsters’s playground, Zulumon mentioned. It’s not recognized if any of the youngsters had been among the many victims.
The sound of gunfire died down at 7:30 p.m. because the navy battled the assailants, Reuters reviews.
An assault means a violation of town’s in depth defenses
By Mayeni Jones, BBC Information, Lagos
This strike within the coronary heart of the capital of Borno state is a reminder that insurgents can nonetheless trigger severe harm to civilian populations.
Assaults with rocket-propelled grenades have been uncommon in Maiduguri, however they’re changing into extra frequent.
The same assault on town happened in July 2020 when three rockets left 4 useless and three injured.
He had a a lot decrease loss of life toll, however suggests a sample might kind.
The city is closely guarded and is taken into account one of many most secure locations within the besieged state of Borno.
However throwing bombs from a distance permits militants to hit targets they may not in any other case have the ability to attain.
The activists’ means to strike a densely populated neighborhood has frightened many residents of Maiduguri and raises questions on how they had been capable of break down town’s defenses.
No group has but claimed duty for the assault, however Maiduguri has incessantly been the goal of insurgents.
The Boko Haram insurgency, which has lasted for over a decade, has killed at the least 36,000 folks and displaced two million in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram isn’t the one jihadist group energetic within the area – the Islamic State of West Africa (Iswap) province turned a splinter group in 2016.