Boko Haram Launches Fresh Attack In Maiduguri, Engages Army In Fierce Battle
The peace that has returned to Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State since the Nigerian army took laid assaults on members of the Boko Haram sect was shattered on Wednesday, with the insurgents launching fresh attack in the city.
The attack, which began at about 6:45pm local time started from a cashew plantation a few kilometres from the Giwa barracks, a military source said.
Residents said they heard gunshots around the southern flank of the town which resulted to thousands of them scampering for safety. Not even the 7pm curfew could stop the residents from fleeing.
Fleeing men, women and children were seen crying for help as those with asthma or arthritis were collapsing on the way as their relatives cry for help.
The spokesman of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Col Tukur Gusau, told journalists troops had moved in to bring the situation under control.
He said, “Please be calm as we are right on top of the situation.”