Nigerian forces repelled an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northeast city of Maiduguri the second such clash in a month. Blasts and gunfire were heard earlier by residents in the city which is the capital of Borno, the state worst hit by the insurgency.
According to a statement issued by the Nigerian military, “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have in the late hours of today, Thursday 26 April 2018, successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorist incursion in the outskirt of Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri.”
The government has been saying since December 2015 that the jihadist group has been defeated but high-profile attacks in the last few months have shown the jihadists remain active. Nigeria’s government last month said it was in talks with Boko Haram, which split into two main factions in 2016, with the aim of securing a permanent ceasefire.