The heavy shooting between members of the Boko Haram and the Nigerian troops in the city of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have stopped leaving At least 500 persons mostly Boko Haram terrorists dead.
The spokesperson of the Defense Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the insurgents flee in disarray towards different directions – Bama, Ngom, Alou, Delwa and Mafa – but have been effectively contained while a mop up operation is ongoing.
“The terrorists incurred massive casualty,” Mr. Olukolade said. "The situation is calm as mopping up operation in the affected area is ongoing.”
He said several weapons and ammunition including two armoured vehicles, two artillery guns and 17 Hilux vehicles were captured from the insurgents in the attack.
Affected areas have also been recovered by the military as patrol and pursuit of fleeing insurgents continued in coordination with allied forces of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF.
“The terrorists are meant to be engaged in all fronts including their previous safe havens and hideouts in the region,” he said, adding that wounded soldiers are being treated.
The attack lasted for several hours on Sunday morning with residents remaining indoors. The insurgents were confronted by soldiers and members of the local vigilante, called Civilian-JTF. A security source and vigilante members had said hundreds of the insurgents were killed in the attack.
It will be recalled that according to Yahoo news, two blasts rocked Gombe yesterday, killing five people, with one of the attacks targeting a military checkpoint, witnesses and a military source said.
In the same vein, an unidentified suicide bomber allegedly entered the residence of a PDP politician and detonated an explosive device in his house in Potiskum, Yobe State, killing 6 people in the process.