[Borno]– Members of the terrorists sect, Boko Haram, has engaged members of the Nigerian Army in a gun battle after making attempt to take over control of Jiddari Polo community in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The attack, which created panic amidst residents of Jiddari Polo led to many fleeing their houses to neighbouring communities, as the terrorists, whose number was reportedly overwhelming, attacked the area.
One resident that fled the area, Abraham Haruna, in a telephone conversation said “I just had to run from my house when the gunshots seems to be coming closer.”
He added, “I am not returning home tonight, I will have to sleep in our church within Maiduguri”, the Punch reports.
Janet Ibrahim, a resident of Jiddari Polo also said, “There were bullets flying everywhere, and all of us were in panic.”
“They (insurgents) fled back when the military aircraft came hovering over the area. The situation was bad as you can still see bullets all over the streets.”
“I cannot tell you the number of casualties now. But I can say the insurgents tried to gain entrance into Maiduguri and they were engaged by the military for about two hours”, she said.
Confirming the attack, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said the troops repelled the invasion and killed most of the terrorists.
Also, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 7 Division, headquarters in Maiduguri, Lt. Col. Kingsley Samuel, in a press statement, asked that the residents of the town should not panic.
He said, “The situation in Maiduguri is under control. The general public is requested not to panic and stay calm”.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg