The Nigerian military and boko haram terrorists engaged each other in a fierce gun battle in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Thursday night. The military had in a statement dismissed the threat by boko haram to launch an attack on the capital but warned residents to remain indoors.
The attack did happen, but military successfully repelled the terrorists, who attempted to enter the town. Also, after the military pushed back the terrorists, a male suicide bomber who had hidden inside a tree emerged to attack an armoured patrol vehicle of the Federal special anti-robbery squad stationed at Jidari Polo. Two policemen were injured in the attack.
A policeman, Ismael Audu, told TheCable that the attacker took him and his colleagues unaware.
“We killed many of them while others ran with various degrees of injuries,” he said.
“On our way back, a suicide bomber attacked our armoured van and the tires got damaged while two of our men were badly injured. They were rushed to the hospital for treatment. For now, we cannot give any number of casualties in the operation because this happened in the night.”