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Northern Nigeria Bans Cars, Bicycles, and Camels to Thwart Boko Haram During Eid

This restriction for the period of Eid celebrations came as the Nigerian army claimed to have rescued 241 women and children as it gains territory from the Islamic State-affiliated group.

by Reuters and VICE News
Sep 24 2015, 5:10pm

Photo by Tugela Ridley/EPA

Nigeria's military has clamped down on all kinds of travel in the country's besieged Borno State during the current period of the Eid al-Adha festival, in an attempt to stop any further deadly terrorist attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

"All movements using vehicles, bicycles and animals like horses, camels, and donkeys in Maiduguri will be restricted as from 5pm on Wednesday," the army's Twitter account posted.

"Similarly, all vehicular movements into and out of Maiduguri town will also be restricted within the period till further notice."

The army ended by thanking the public for their "continuous cooperation and support. Together we shall win the war against terrorism and insurgency soon."

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On Wednesday, the Nigerian army also claimed to have rescued 241 women and children, as it gains territory from the Islamist group.

However, despite any advances, violence is ongoing as displacement and death continue in the region. The latest attacks occurred when three bombs exploded in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 54 people and wounding another 90 in the city of Maiduguri, according to a police spokesman.

President Muhammadu Buhari is due to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday, and he is expected to speak about the conflict in the north of the country which has raged since 2008, displacing more than a million Nigerians and spilling over into neighboring countries. 

Buhari's March election victory owed much to his vow to defeat the insurgency, but there was a spike in attacks across northern Nigeria in the two months following his inauguration and Maiduguri was hit on a near weekly basis.

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Cameroon's army also claimed it killed 11 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the northern border town of Amchide early on Tuesday, the country's Ministry of Defense said.

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in Cameroon since it started cracking down on the radical Islamist group, which has used the far north as a base for recruitment and supplies for its Nigeria operations.

"Our troops close to the zone were alerted by our intelligence system, reacted and there was a fight. They [Boko Haram] returned the second time more numerous and they found us ready for combat," said ministry spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck.

Badjeck said there were no losses on the Cameroonian military side.

Cameroon is contributing troops to a 8,700-person regional anti-Boko Haram force, along with Nigeria, Chad, Benin, and Niger.

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