Nigeria - Boko Haram Attack MTN And Airtel Base Stations, Kill 4

Gunmen suspected to be members of Islamic sect Boko Haram in Kano and Maiduguri attacked and damaged several mobile phone masts on Wednesday, including those belonging to MTN and Airtel, security sources said.
A source in one of the telecoms company  reporters that the State Security Service (SSS) had actually warned the management of the company earlier that there was going to be an attack, but no one knew where and when it would occur

In Maiduguri,  Boko Haram’s home base, a reporter said he saw 10 masts burned to the ground on Wednesday morning and local residents complained there was no mobile telephone reception.
In Kano, men on motorbikes destroyed MTN and Airtel mobile phone masts in the early hours of Wednesday, a police officer told reporters, asking not to be named. He said Boko Haram was suspected to be behind the attack.

It was not clear if Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds this year in the largely-Muslim north, was involved. The sect usually attacks government, security or sectarian targets.

Sources close to the sect said Boko Haram members have in the past been concerned they may be traced through mobile phones.

“We confirm that like all the other major telecoms, some of MTN’s installations in northern Nigeria have been damaged by unknown persons,” spokeswoman Funmilayo Omogbenigun said.

“All the relevant government security agencies have been informed and we are receiving their full co-operation.”

A police spokesman in Kano and Maiduguri declined to comment, saying investigations were ongoing. Airtel was not immediately available for comment.

Boko Haram’s insurgency is aimed at carving out an Islamic state in Nigeria, a country of around 160 million people split roughly equally between Christian and Muslims.
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  1. Na wa oh, so Boko haram dont want Nigerians to have acess to mobile communications anymore? What are they really fighting for?

  2. Just when we thought Boko Haram menace was coming to an end... It takes a new dimension



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