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Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists destroy transmission towers, plunge State into blackout

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Terrorists believed to be Boko Haram insurgents, over the weekend, destroyed two towers belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Kasaisa Village, along Kasaisa-Damaturu-Gujba road of Yobe State.

The attack plunged the state capital, Damaturu, and up to 7 Local Government Areas into total blackout, DDM can authoritatively report.

The incident was the second in three months, coming after the TCN had repaired the facility and restored electricity to the region.

The Assistant Director, Public Relations Officer, Operation Lafiya Dole Sector 2 Damaturu of the Nigerian Army, Captain Shehu Muhammad, confirmed the incident.
“It’s so unfortunate, the vandals brought down the towers.”

The terrorists, in recent months, escalated their attacks in four areas including Gubja, Gulani, Geidam and some parts of Damaturu, the state capital.

 

About Boko Haram

Boko Haram is the Hausa phrase for ‘Westernization Is Sacrilege.’

It was founded in 2002 by Muhammed Yusuf in northeastern Nigerian State of Borno.

Late Yusuf

Since 2009, the group has orchestrated assassinations, bombings, arson, abductions and other violent crimes in country especially in the northern part and Abuja, the Federal capital territory.

The group declared war against the security forces in 2009, vowing to avenge the deaths of its founder, Yusuf and other group members.

It was declared a terrorist group by the United States in 2013.

In 2015, it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and took the name Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), also known as Islamic State in West Africa, or ISWA).

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The group later split into factions due to leadership struggle and ideological differences.

 


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