Heavy gunfire heard in Nigerian city hit by insurgency

by Reuters
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:11 GMT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, March 14 (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire raged for two hours in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday morning, residents said.

"The sound of heavy gunfire and what sounds like RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) began at around 7:15 a.m. and it is still going," a Reuters witness said, adding that it was coming from Fori, an area near a military barracks.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in an almost five-year-long insurgency aimed at carving out an Islamic state in a religiously-diverse country of around 170 million people. (Reporting by Lanre Ola; Additional reporting by Isaac Abrak in Kaduna; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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