Nigeria: Thousands flee city hit by Islamic jihad attacks

This will call for a new round of apologies by Nigerian authorities to the jihadists of Boko Haram. “Thousands flee Nigerian city hit by Islamist attacks,” from Agence France-Presse, July 12 (thanks to Twostellas):

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Thousands of residents have fled the Nigerian city of Maiduguri over the past two days fearing more Islamist attacks and after soldiers were accused of shooting civilians, residents said Tuesday.

Residents piled into the backs of trucks and packed up their cars to leave the northeastern city, which has seen the brunt of the violence blamed on the Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

The government has deployed hundreds of troops to Maiduguri in a bid to stop the sect, and last weekend a shootout between soldiers and suspected sect members left at least 11 dead.

Military officials say those killed were sect members, but residents say soldiers shot civilians and burnt their houses, accusing them of complicity in the Islamist attacks.

The military says explosives set off by the Islamists led to the burning of the buildings….

Violence blamed on the sect has intensified in recent weeks, including frequent bomb blasts….

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