- Explosions and gunfire rocked Maiduguri at about 6.20pm on Saturday
- Nigerian troops were battling suspected Boko Haram terrorists in an operation that lasted for several hours
- A civilian Joint Task Force confirmed the attack, said about 100 people were killed, many missing
The Nigerian troops were battling suspected Boko Haram terrorists as explosions and gunfire have been heard in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on January 30.
According to SaharaReporters, the insurgents have been attacking Dailori and Walonri villages, about four kilometres from Maiduguri, since 6pm.
Some students of the University of Maiduguri residing at 202 Housing Estate were running for their lives as the conflict raged.
Speaking with journalists, Hauwa Ba'na, a 300 level of political science student, said: ''We are crying in our hostel because the explosions are loud and everyone is panicking.''
Confirming the attack, a civilian Joint Task Force said: ''We are under attack by Boko Haram. There is heavy fighting with military in Dalori and Wanori.”
In the morning of Sunday, January 31, some shocking photos from the battleground were released by Tuko. View them below:
On Friday, January 29, a suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect detonated a suicide vest at a crowded market in Gombi town in Adamawa state.
A vigilante leader confirmed the incident saying that 20 people including the bomber died in the explosion.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in Ethiopia, has promised that Nigeria will redeem its pledge of $100million to the Multinational Joint Task Force that is fighting against the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking at a high-level meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council, the president noted that the insurgents' capacity to conduct attacks has been “heavily degraded”.
"Our efforts are already yielding dividends and we will not relent until the terrorist groups are totally decimated and wiped out of our country and sub-region,” he stressed.