Boko Haram captures Gudumbali after troop attack

What you need to know:

  • The authorities and the military have been encouraging people displaced by violence in the long-running conflict to return to Guzamala, insisting it is safe to do so.

  • But aid agencies say minimum levels of basic services, including shelter, civilian infrastructure and security are still lacking.

  • President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, was elected in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram and is seeking a second term of office at polls in February.

  • The Gudumbali attack will again raise questions about his claims to have "technically defeated" the group and that Borno state was now in a "post-conflict stabilisation phase".



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