Nigerian troops have countered a night attack on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to invade the city.
Sources in the town told our correspondent that a serious gun battle has ensued between the insurgents and soldiers when the attack was launched.
Our correspondent learnt that the fire exchange started at about 7.30 p.m. and lasted for nearly one hour making residents of Muna to be in a state of panic.
Ahmadu Haga, a local security official who lives in Muna IDP camp, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES.
He said, “the attack happened at a location near Kaliyari somewhere far behind our area.”
An official of the Civilian-JTF, Bello Danbatta, informed PREMIUM TIMES on the phone that the attack was at the last military checkpoint “near Ngwom village.”
“They attempted invading the state capital by attacking the checkpoint, but thank God the soldiers were able to stand their grounds and repelled the attackers.”
Mr Danbatta could not immediately confirm the casualty in the foiled attack.
The attack occurred at about the same time Boko Haram members attacked Babangida, a community in Yobe State.
An army spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES the army repelled the Yobe attack.