NBC News quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the possibility of Boko Haram attacking Maiduguri, Nigeria:
“An attack on Madiguri is very likely,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Project at the Atlantic Council, echoing U.S. intelligence officials. Pham believes, as do other experts, that Boko Haram has already placed “sleeper cells” among the tide of refugees who have fled the group’s murderous rampage through Africa’s most populous nation. “They’ve done it everywhere else they’ve gone,” said Pham. “So why not Maiduguri?”
But even with limited success, the image of Boko Haram’s black jihadist flag flying over any part of Maiduguri could be a symbolic victory. “Even if they only raise the black flag only briefly, it will be a big blow to the central government,” said Pham.