AFP.com/ Boko Haram launches new assault on key Nigeria city Maiduguri

SHAFAQNA- Boko Haram fighters on Sunday stormed the northeast Nigeria city of Maiduguri, sparking an hours-long battle with troops for control of the strategically crucial Borno state capital, witnesses said.Four residents told AFP by telephone that the Islamist assault began at roughly 3:00 am (0200 GMT) and that fierce fighting was ongoing at the southern edge of the city between the insurgents and troops backed by vigilantes.

“The whole city is in fear,” said resident Adam Krenuwa. “People are afraid of what will happen if Boko Haram defeats the security forces.”

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