NIGERIA

In pictures: Army, volunteers repel new Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

Boko Haram militants have launched a ferocious attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the second consecutive week. Soldiers and local vigilante groups successfully repelled the assault which was launched in the dead of night. In a place widely considered off-limits for many journalists, our Observer took these photos of Sunday's dramatic events.

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Photo showing local volunteers heading to the front line to help fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri on Sunday. All photos were taken by our Observer, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Boko Haram militants have launched a ferocious attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the second consecutive week. Soldiers and local vigilante groups successfully repelled the assault which was launched in the dead of night. In a place widely considered off-limits for many journalists, our Observer took these photos of Sunday's dramatic events.

According to reports, the sound of artillery and gunfire rang out in the early hours of Sunday morning. Soldiers and local militias enlisted to help combat Boko Haram fought back to dislodge the militants. It's the second assault against Nigeria's strategic north-eastern hub in one week. On January 25, Boko Haram militants were pushed back in what officials called the group's most 'audacious' attack to date on the city of two million people.

The following photos of local militias heading to the front line to fight Boko Haram were taken by our Observer. He prefers to remain anonymous.

Volunteers fighting for the CJTF [Civilian Joint Task Force - a citizens' militia] return to jubilant crowds having pushed back Boko Haram militants. An army tank can be seen in the background.

 

According to our Observer, fighters assaulted the town "from three sides with full intent to capture the town. They were beaten on all fronts" thanks to the help of "able-bodied youth" who fought alongside the Nigerian military. He says "the attack was fierce. Shells landed on private property".

Not long after the onslaught had finished, things were apparently back to normal: "The town is now bustling. Being used to the constant and persistent attacks, people have learned to go about their activities as soon as the hostilities are over."

 

Young men head to the frontline to help fight back against the attacking militants. Our Observer says volunteers used any means possible to get there. 

 

Local volunteers head to the front line to help fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Youth members of the CJFT militia ride in a pick-up truck towards the frontline.

 

Young volunteers head to the frontline to help fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri on Sunday. Our Observer says all able-bodied youth helped push back the attackers.

 

 

The Nigerian military returns from the frontline having successfully repelled Boko Haram fighters.

This article was written by FRANCE 24 journalist Andrew Hilliar (@andyhilliar).