Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital is currently under attack by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
The attackers came through Damboa Road, into the Polo area, as residents scampered to safety, with many of them abandoning their homes, even as soldiers of the Nigerian army engaged the insurgents in a gun battle.
A statement from Major General Rogers Nicholas from the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, said that Troops of the Operation, in the late hours of the today, “successful repelled Boko Haram Terrorist incursion in the outskirt of Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri”.
According to him, the soldiers “with the support of the Air Task Force, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies including the Civilian Joint Task Force quickly mobilised to the area and cleared the terrorists incursion”.
He called on the residents who had earlier fled to return to their homes, as the troops “are currently in pursuit of the Boko Haram Terrorists and have dominated the area while also patrolling the general area of Jidari”.
Maj Gen Nicholas also enjoined the public and residents to report any suspicious persons to security agencies currently patrolling the area.
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