The Nigerian Army has said that an attack by members of the Boko Haram on Maiduguri was successfully repelled.
According to Premium Times, the attack on the Jiddari Polo area of the city, a few kilometres from the elite Government Residential Area, GRA.
The army said it ‘neutralized’ the attackers.
“In a merciless operation, Nigerian troops have neutralized Boko Haram gunmen who attempted to attack Jiddari Polo community in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital,” Army spokesperson Sani Usman said.
Usman added that “there was an attempt by a few suspected Boko Haram to attack Jiddari Polo and all have been neutralized. Situation cool and calm”.
Residents of the area had planned to flee their homes but ‘were reassured with rapid response of Nigerian troops,’ the army confirmed adding that there was heavy security presence in the area and the situation was now under control.
The army did not, however, provide details of the casualty figure from Wednesday’s attack.
Wednesday’s attack is the most daring by Boko Haram on Maiduguri in recent years since the military retook most of the territory once controlled by the terror group.
About 100,000 deaths since 2009 can be credited to the West African militant group Boko Haram.