The police anti-terrorist squad has said they have successfully neutralized over 15 Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to overrun Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Tuesday.
Recall that Naija News had on Tuesday reported that suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents had set some houses on fire in Maiduguri.
It was gathered that there are sounds of gunshots and explosions in different parts of the city, especially around Jiddari Polo area.
There was a gun battle between troops and suspected insurgents around Molai and Jiddari in the state capital.
The insurgents at the beginning of the Ramadan fasting promised not to attack during the period but failed to keep to their promise.
“It was a bad day for the terrorists but we are also scared to death as we were trapped in between flying bullets in our house. The terrorists have passed our house and we first thought they were soldiers but soon we realised that it was the Boko Haram insurgents,” a resident of Maiduguri told newsmen.
Confirming the attack, the leader of the police anti-terrorists squad, CSP Mohammed Ibrahim said they got the filers and waited for them to come but the fight was fierce until reinforcement came in a joint force.
He said the terrorists came with armored personnel carriers and began shooting sporadically to scare residents and create confusion in the city but failed to operate on good strategy as police operatives opened fire on them from all directions, leaving them to scamper for safety.
“Immediately the terrorists sighted the police team, they attempted to escape. While pursuing them, the police armored personnel carrier overran and killed some of them on the spot.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies while many others were scattered to pieces. As we speak, their bodies are at Jidari Polo. It was actually a bad outing for the terrorists,” the Police boss added.
Source: Naija News