15 killed, 55 injured in fresh Maiduguri Boko Haram attack

03 April, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Hassan Mohammed 56 hunter with the Borno State Hunters' Association in Maiduguri northern Nigeria. He uses a home made flintlock rifle and carries a variety of traditional charm pouches

"The terrorists fired mortars at troops", the officer said.

Benlo Dambatto, an official with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), told the press today that so far 18 bodies have been recovered after the bloody confrontation.

He said: "On 01/04/2018 at about 20:20 pm; Boko Haram terrorists in an attempt to infiltrate into Maiduguri through Bale Kura, Bale Shuwari, Jamine and Alkaramti villages in Jere local government area of the state, in the outskirts of Maiduguri detonated IEDs. Some of them are in critical condition and will require major surgery from their wounds, which are mostly from gunshots".

The Deputy Director Public Relations, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, regretted that one soldier with 15 other civilians were killed as troops of the Lafiya Dole deployed battled hard to foil the attack in the Cashew Plantation around Bille Shuwa and Alikaranti villages of the state.

The assailants climbed up a moat dug round the city to stave off Boko Haram suicide and gun attacks, and attacked troops, Ali said.

Boko Haram, which was formed in Maiduguri, has killed more than 20,000 people in its nine-year insurgency to establish Shariah law in Nigeria.


If so, the incident would rank as the most serious since Nigeria's government recently announced that it was in talks with the jihadist insurgents.

"That's not correct. There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers".

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as "Western education is forbidden", has used kidnapping as a weapon of war, seizing thousands of women and young girls as well as men and young boys.

But senior security officials cautioned that reaching any agreement with the group will be hard, as it is split into competing factions with different goals.

A second faction, led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, was behind the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls.

"Talks have been ongoing between the government and the insurgents from the Al-Barnawi faction", said a source, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Dealing with them is quite problematic".

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