Many Feared Killed As Explosion, Gunshots Rock Maiduguri
Many persons were feared dead on Tuesday evening following heavy explosion and gunshots between Boko Haram insurgents and security operatives in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Sources say explosions were also heard in Mairi area, a student-dominated area near the University of Maiduguri.
Many people were reportedly killed in the attack.
A resident of Kaleri informed explosions were being detonated within the area but cannot tell if there are fatalities.
“People are just running in no direction. The explosions were coming from our area. What I cannot say is if people have died,” the source said.
The insurgents were attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri but they were repelled around Kaleri, after Mairi, a military source told TheCable.
This is coming a few hours after the Nigerian army recaptured Marte, an area in Borno state, from the hold of suspected terrorists.
Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, made this known in a statement titled, “Troops recovered Marte killing scores of Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State in West African Province terrorists.”
The statement read, “Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists.
“This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.
“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area.”