Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Nigeria's Borno and Yobe states impose travel bans

(Boko Haram's leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State fighting in Iraq and Syria
Photo: BBC)

Boko Haram's insurgency has been most intense in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the three states where a state of emergency was imposed last year to beat back the militants.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said security reports indicated that Boko Haram planned to launch "massive attacks" during the Christmas period in Borno, especially on the state capital Maiduguri.

In order to guarantee public safety, people would not be able to travel by road in Borno from 18:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday to 07:00 on Sunday.
People providing essential services such as medical care would be exempted, Col Usmani said.
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