MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has declared a 24-hour curfew in several neighborhoods of a northeastern city as its campaign against Islamic extremists in the region continues.
A statement Saturday on behalf of Lt. Col. Sagir Musa named 11 areas of Maiduguri were people must remain inside their homes until further notice. Musa said it was part of the military's push since President Goodluck Jonathan issued an emergency decree Tuesday allowing soldiers to arrest people at will and take over buildings suspected to house extremists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, is the spiritual home of the extremist network known as Boko Haram. Bombings and gunfire have remained common there despite a heavy police and military presence. Soldiers are stopping trucks from entering the city.