MTN network down amid Nigeria unrest

2013-05-16 21:06
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Maiduguri - Mobile phone service has been cut in areas of northeast Nigeria as the military sends more soldiers to the region to fight Islamic extremists.

Soldiers raided areas in the Sambisa Game Reserve, a remote savannah of some 500km² in Borno state where Islamists have established bases, two security sources who asked not to be named said. They did not give further details.

An Associated Press journalist in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, found services unavailable since early on Thursday morning. Mobile phone numbers belonging to government officials and military officials there and in neighbouring Yobe state could not be reached.

A military spokesperson in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for MTN, the country's dominant carrier, would only say "no comment" when asked if the government told them to turn off service in the region.

President Goodluck Jonathan placed Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states under emergency rule on Tuesday night. Authorities announced a curfew Thursday for Adamawa state.

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