Suspected fighters for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked the city of Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria overnight, triggering loud bangs and explosions and causing civilians to flee, according to witnesses.
Maiduguri in Borno State is the epicentre of the eight-year fight against Boko Haram but has been largely free of violence for the past two years. In December, President Muhammadu Buhari said Boko Haram had technically been defeated after the army pushed it into the remote Sambisa forest. However, attacks have continued since, with suicide bombers hitting the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Much of Borno State remains off limits, although some towns have been recaptured and are now home to hundreds of thousands of refugees. Soldiers and police were moving towards the area of Maiduguri where the fighters attacked, witnesses said. Reuters