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Gunshots, explosions rock Maiduguri

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI— Sporadic gunshots and explosions, yesterday rocked Maiduguri city, the capital of Borno State.

The incident, which started at about 5p.m., forced many residents at the outskirts of Giwa Military Barracks, University of Maiduguri community, 202 and 303 housing estates, Dalori quarters, and Molai axis scampering for safety, as thousands of people, who attempted to flee into the main town, were trapped due to blockage of roads and streets by military and men of Civilian JTF.

Sources said the attack was launched by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect, who invaded the city with heavy weapons of mass destruction, targeting military formations including 21 Armoured Brigade (Giwa Barracks) that came under deadly attacks last year, where many Boko Haram detainees at the barracks were freed and many people lost their lives.

There was pandemonium as people scampered for safety in the whole of Maiduguri metropolis at 6p.m., even as many were trapped on their way home to beat the 7p.m. curfew.

A source revealed that gunshots and explosions were far away from Maiduguri, as the insurgents in their large number were sighted around Kayamula village, which shares border with Sambisa Forest.

A student at the University of Maiduguri (name withheld for security reasons) said many stray bullets entered hostels, injuring many students.

Kayamula village of Konduga Local Government Area of the state is south and about 30 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, which has suffered series of deadly attacks by terrorists in the past.

All effort to get confirmation at press time from security operatives failed.

However, sources said scores were feared dead, even as sounds of explosions was still rocking the city at press time.


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