SPECIAL REPORT: Increasing Boko Haram attacks on highways threaten to cut Borno off from Nigeria

Fear is now mounting that Borno State may soon be totally cut off from the rest of Nigeria as Boko Haram insurgents in the past few weeks have launched daily attacks on the Kano-Maiduguri highway, the only remaining safe route to the state. Six highways link Maiduguri, the state capital, with other parts of Nigeria. But for the past six years, only the Kano-Maiduguri highway that connects the state with Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, remains in use. Between 2013 and late 2014, the insurgents bombed major bridges on four…