Residents flee as troops battle Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri

Residents flee as troops battle Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri

- A suburb near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state has been hit again by Boko Haram insurgents

- The latest attack is coming a few hours after President Buhari left the state after his sympathy visit to the government and people of Borno

- President Buhari had visited Borno following the recent horrific incident in which Boko Haram terrorists killed several travellers on Sunday, February 9

Jiddari-Polo, a suburb near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state has been attacked by Boko Haram insurgents in the evening of Wednesday, February 12.

Daily Trust reports that the terrorists attacked the area around 7.05pm after the Muslim prayer, shooting sporadically as residents scampered for safety.

The newspaper reports that troops of the Nigerian Army, local hunters and civilian JTF, were, however, sighted moving towards the sight of the attack as residents of the affected area fled their homes in panic.

Legit.ng notes that the latest attack is coming few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari left the state after his sympathy visit to the government and people of Borno following the recent horrific incident in which Boko Haram terrorists killed several travellers on Sunday, February 9.

Residents flee as troops battle Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri

President Buhari on a sympathy visit to Borno state over the recent terrorist attack. Credit: Femi Adesina
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The terrorists killed nine people and kidnapped some travellers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway around Auno town, in Konduga local government area of the state late at night.

They destroyed and burnt 17 vehicles and goods worth millions of naira during the attack after motorists were stranded due to closure of entrance into Maiduguri town at 6pm.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian soldiers of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in Borno State in conjunction with elements of the Civilian Joint Task Force killed scores of terrorists.

Items recovered by the troops include 10 motorcycles, 2 AK 47 rifles, 1 Buffalo gun truck, mechanical tools, one anti-aircraft gun, 3 machine guns, 141 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, one suicide vest, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) box, and one pumping machine.

This was disclosed in a statement by the army operations media coordinator Colonel Aminu Iliyasu. He also revealed that the sophisticated weaponry was recovered from Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West African Province.

In a related development, the House of Representatives has asked President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security.

The lawmakers made the statement on Wednesday, February 12, after the chief whip of the House, Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, raised a motion of urgent public importance in reaction to the recent killing of travellers at Auno village along that Damaturu/Maiduguri road by Boko Haram insurgents.

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