Nigerian troops rebut Boko Haram attack, kill 5 Jihadists in Maiduguri

Nigerian troops rebut Boko Haram attack, killing 5 Jihadists in Maiduguri
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
May 12, 2021

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Nigerian Military Forces rebutted an invasion by Boko Haram Islamic extremists into the Northeastern city of Maiduguri Tuesday night, killing five terrorists.

Military sources and residents said, the attack, which occurred as Muslim residents observing Ramadan was about to break their fast, was the latest aggression in a more than decade-long insurgency in the Northeastern region of Nigeria.

The hoodlums in several trucks fitted with machine guns and on motorcycles around 17:00hour, swooped Jiddari Polo, an area on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state, shooting sporadically and indiscriminately.

Military forces from a nearby camp engaged them in a fierce gun duel, forcing residents to flee the area because of fear.

A military source who pleaded anonymity said, “The terrorists came through Jiddari Polo, firing shots and engaged troops from Giwa barracks in a fight which led to the killing of five terrorists.

“With aerial support, they were subdued and forced to retreat,” and he added that a gun truck was seized from the terrorists.

A resident of Jiddari Polo, Aisha Galadima said, “We have all left our homes due to the fighting between the insurgents and soldiers.”

“We left the food and drinks we prepared to break our fast, we were frightened by the sounds of guns and explosives,” another resident, Ibrahim Bukar stated.

A video clip shared on social media showed crowds, mostly women and children, fleeing the area to escape the mayhem from befalling them.

The terrorists had earlier sacked Nigerian troops from two military bases in nearby Molai and Cashew Plantation villages before reaching Jiddari Polo, another military source revealed.

The Nigerian military is yet to report the number of casualties affected by the attack.

Boko Haram and rival group the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP, have repeatedly invaded Maiduguri, using sophisticated weapons of mass destruction, rocket-propelled grenades, heavy guns, and suicide bombers.

The aggressive assaults, usually targeted at overrunning the city, are usually frustrated after serious gun battles with military forces.

In May 2019, dozens of terrorists attempted to infiltrate the city under the cover of darkness, leading to a night-long battle with heavy guns and explosives.