Troops Battle Hard As Boko Haram Launches Attack On Maiduguri

Troops Battle Hard As Boko Haram Launches Attack On Maiduguri

By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri

Suspected members of Boko Haram fighters have launched a new attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Tuesday setting many houses ablaze, residents had said.

The assault sparked a long battle with insurgents trying to enter the city through the suburb of Damboa road around Molai.

According to eyewitness, many insurgents with arms struck the city of Maiduguri when Muslim faithful were about to break their Ramadan fast.

There were sound of gunshots and explosion in different parts of the city, especially around Jiddari Polo area in the city.

AljazirahNigeria reports that there is a gun battle between Nigerian troops and suspected members of insurgents around Molai and Jiddari in the city of Maiduguri.

Fatima Ibrahim, a residents of the area told AljazirahNigeria that “We are in trouble right now; Boko Haram launched heavy attack in our area mostly people are currently fleeing in different directions within the city in confusion.

Madu Bahna, added that “At least three to four loud explosions were heard in Maiduguri. Heavy shooting everywhere in our city from no direction, communities are fleeing their homes running towards Damboa and old GRA”.

A resident who spoke with our correspondent on phone said he was trapped as a result of the situation.

“I can’t go home now. Can you hear the sounds of gunshot from this background?” he asked.

A military source told AljazirahNigeria that the Nigerian Military deployed artillery in support of troops responding to an infiltration attempt by terrorists in Maiduguri.

The troops are engaging the insurgents who were coming around Maiduguri city.

A residents said the sound of gunfire and explosions from the artillery shelling of the insurgents could be heard by residents of the densely populated garrison capital city.

A reinforcement convoy was seen heading towards the Jiddari Polo axis of the city.

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