Amnesty International: Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri – hundreds of thousands of people at grave risk

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Human rights watch dog, Amnesty International, has said that failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis following reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno.

Amnesty International’s Africa Director Netsanet Belay said “the ongoing attacks by Boko Haram are significant and grim news with the people in and around Maiduguri needing immediate protection. If the military doesn’t succeed in stopping Boko Haram’s advance they may be trapped with nowhere else to turn.”

Amnesty said that it received reports that at 6am on Sunday, gunmen attacked the base of 33 Artillery brigade at Jintilo village, just 6km outside Maiduguri, with fighting reported to be ongoing at the air force base closer to Maiduguri.

The Nigerian military has responded with air strikes and moved tanks and troops to the area.
Civilians have reportedly fled the areas near to Jintilo towards central Maiduguri. However, not all civilians have been able to leave. Amnesty is also calling on all parties to the conflict to refrain from military operations in the vicinity of the hospitals in Maiduguri and any other medical facilities.

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