University Of Maiduguri Bombings: What Happens Now That Boko Haram Is Striking Back?

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University Of Maiduguri Bombings: What Happens Now That Boko Haram Is Striking Back? Photo Credit: the street journal/ Google Images

 Ever since the Federal Government went on record to say that it has chased dreaded terror group, Boko Haram, away from its sanctuary deep inside Sambisa forest, security experts have been wondering how the sect would resurface.

Army authorities even presented Boko Haram’s flag to President Muhammadu Buhari as a mark of the military’s total subjugation of the fanatical religious sect.

In response to the government’s claims, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the group released a video saying the group remained alive.

“We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree,” Shekau said in the 25-minute video.

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The government however dismissed Shekau’s claim as the desperate propaganda of a dying group.

But recent incidents have proven that the Islamist group are still capable of lashing out with full force.

Five soldiers and a captain were killed on January 8 when Boko Haram attacked a military base in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the second in the string of attacks since the army captured “Camp Zero”.

On Thursday 12 January, 2017, the group invaded Cinki Gundu, an outskirt of Maiduguri, the Bornu State capital, where an officer and six soldiers were killed. Eight others were injured.

On capture of the town, sources say Cinki Gundu is now being used as the terrorists’ operational base.

But Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military taskforce clearing the North-east of the insurgents, despite admitting that an operation at Bulakesa village claimed the lives of an officer and four soldiers, described the claims of a new Boko Haram operational base as “Outright falsehood”.

Although the veracity of a new base cannot be ascertained, one thing that remains clear is that the terrorists still have the capabilities to wreck havoc.

That was further underscored by the attack on the University of Maiduguri Moday monrning where at least four people were reportedly killed.

Police authorities say they intercepted one attacker – a girl of about 12 years old – at the gate of the university. Suspecting she was carrying a bomb they shot at her, detonating the explosive strapped to her body.

Within minutes there was another explosion at a mosque close to the entrance of the university.

There has been a marked increase in these kinds of attacks, penetrating further into the Maiduguri. For a long time suicide bombing has been a preferred tactic of Boko Haram, often using young girls as bombers.

Although President Muhammadu Buhari has come under intense criticisms in recent times for his silence in the face of attacks, the President was quick to condemn the latest bombings and further reiterate his administration’s commitment to seeing the end of the group.

The fact that the group can still carry out these kinds of attacks on different locations in Borno and Yobe states means that the Nigerian army cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It is time the armed forces rise out of the euphoria that Sambisa has been captured and map out ways to deal with the new threats.

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