Boko Haram Reportedly Enters Maiduguri

Boko Haram Reportedly Enters Maiduguri

Reports just reaching us indicates that Boko Haram terrorists have attacked Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

According to the sources, the insurgents are pushing to enter the town.

Locals who were evidently caught unawares are said to be running home to safety.

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The Hausa service of the BBC reports that soldiers from the Nigerian military are currently engaging the terrorists.

The information say the attackers came through an area called “Cashew Plantain” which is behind Gina Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of Nigerian army.

Some  residents of Maiduguri also said that they heard sounds of bomb and guns everywhere.

 

"I’m trapped near the University of Maiduguri now,” local resident Kabir Olaoye told Reuters by phone. The shooting began around 6:45 pm (1745 GMT) local time, he said.

Another military source who spoke to Nigerian Times from Maiduguri informed that Nigerian troops are already repelling the attacks.

An officer with SSS who pledged for anonymity said: “The attack is going on in Kayamla village right at the outskirts of Maiduguri.” Kayamla is about 10 km away from Maiduguri town.

Spokesperson of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Col Tukur Gusau, told reporters that troops have moved in to bring the situation under control. Gusau said: “Please be calm as we are right on top of the situation.”

It should be mentioned that Maiduguri town is near to the exit from Sambisa forest, the notorious stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents. Nigerian army is currently continuing the operation of clearing the forest from militants.

There were reports that the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the deadly sect were hidden there. Meanwhile, the Nigerian military rescue 1000 women and children from the forest, the girls weren't found.

Maiduguri, a city of around 2 million people, is the birthplace of the Islamist jihadi group, which has killed thousands in its attempt to carve out an Islamist state in the country's northeast.

Source: Legit.ng

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