Cars, public transport, horses, donkeys and camels have been banned in Nigeria’s Borno state until the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday (25 Sept.), in an attempt to guard against another terrorist attack by Boko Haram.
Fifty-four people were killed in an attack in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, on Sunday (20 Sept.). Before then, there had not been an attack in the city for about a month.
Nigeria’s military has reported several victories against the group in recent months and this week reported that it had rescued 241 women and children near the Cameroon border.
However, Boko Haram, which was founded in Maiduguri, called the army “liars”. A recording, posted online and attributed to its leader, Abubakar Shekau, stated: “They have lied about us, saying that they [have] retaken our territories, taken weapons and driven us away. They are actually the ones whom we have driven away. They are all liars.”