Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2018

Scores Killed, 83 Injured In Fresh Boko Haram Attacks On Maiduguri

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By Sadiq Umar – Scores of people were reportedly killed with 83 others wounded following fresh attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents Sunday night in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Army said it engaged a large number of armed suicide bombers in battle to prevent them from entering the city where they intended to detonate their Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs).

Reports confirmed that soldiers who were on guard at the outskirts of Maiduguri killed six suspected armed Boko Haram gunmen as well as seven suicide bombers during the clash.

The encounter resulted in casualties from both sides as one soldier was reportedly killed in the clashes.

Following the fierce and long attack, residents of Maiduguri metropolis reportedly kept vigil from Sunday night till early hours of Monday.

The military said the suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers and gunmen attempted to invade Maiduguri through the outskirts of Bille-Shuwa and Alikaranti villages.

The Spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that the attackers would have made it into crowded areas of Maiduguri but the deployment of soldiers along the affected axis repelled them and saved another major attack.

Col. Nwachukwu said the attackers were specifically on a mission to carry out major attack on Maiduguri.

He disclosed that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed to the Cashew Plantation around Bille Shuwa and Alikaranti villages resisted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to penetrate Maiduguri metropolis Sunday, at about 8.10 pm.

The Military Spokesman also confirmed that troops also neutralized 7 suicide bombers in the encounter and recovered 2 AK 47 rifles as well as 2 Magazines.

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