Following reports that Boko Haram jihadists attacked a key city in Borno on Sunday evening, the Nigerian Military have debunked such claims.
According to a report by AFP, residents claimed that the jihadists invaded Jiddari Polo, an area on the outskirts of the capital of north eastern Borno state, Maiduguri, at around 6:30 pm, shooting guns and unleashing explosives.
The army then responded with artillery fire, forcing the attackers who have beentrying to retake Maiduguri, the birthplace of the jihadist movement since they were pushed out three years ago, to retreat.
There have been two reported attacks recorded, days before President Buhari’s self-imposed deadline to stamp out the group expires on December 31. It was also the same week he announced that Nigeria has “technically” defeated the jihadists.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Military has refuted reports of a Boko Haram attack.
In a press statement issued by Media Coordinator of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Mustapha Anka, the army stated that it intercepted and destroyed 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers at the outskirts of Maiduguri town.
“This evening (27 Dec 15), troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, intercepted and destroyed 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers at the outskirts of Maiduguri town.
“Contrary to earlier media reports and rumours flying around, 2 Boko Haram terrorists suspected suicide bombers earlier intercepted by vigilant troops disclosed their colleagues intent to enter the city with the aim of detonating bombs in selected public places”.
“Consequently, the troops laid ambush on the terrorists suspected routes along Damboa road and eliminated them. The suicide bombers were intercepted in 3 different locations approaching the city; Ajiri area towards Damboa road, High Court axis and the Eye Hospital Area”.
“The Explosive Ordinance Device team have been mobilized and they are combing the general a area as well as clearing the debris. Normalcy has been restored to the general area and the public are please advised to go about their normal businesses and social activities. However, it is important to maintain more vigilance and security consciousness”.
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