Boko Haram attacks Gombe, curfew imposed

2015-02-14 16:30
Soldiers patrol with military vehicles in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. (Stephane Yas, AFP)

Soldiers patrol with military vehicles in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. (Stephane Yas, AFP)

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Bauchi - Witnesses say dozens of Boko Haram fighters are engaged in heavy fighting with the country's military after attacking the northeastern town of Gombe.

Jummai Aliyu said on Saturday morning the Islamic extremists were clashing with soldiers 3km outside the town, which has been attacked multiple times.

Another witness said he saw the fighters approach in a convoy of vans.

Suspected Boko Haram militants staged their first attack in Chad on Friday, bringing to three the number of neighbouring countries roped into what had previously been an internal Nigerian conflict.

Cameroon and Niger have also been attacked. All three have vowed to contribute to a regional force against Boko Haram that is expected to be launched in the coming weeks, though funding questions are not yet settled.

The governor of Nigeria's Gombe state on Saturday imposed an around-the-clock curfew after an attack by Boko Haram gunmen, his spokesperson said.

"Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has directed that a 24-hour curfew be imposed on Gombe as a result of the security breach in the city," Ayuba Aluke told AFP, referring to the state capital of the same name but specifying that the curfew would be in effect state wide.

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