ABUJA: THE Nigeria military has announced a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, after repelling terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram group on Sunday.
Colonel Sani Usman, the Public Relations Officer of the Division 7 of the Nigerian Army, confirmed the curfew. He advised people of the town to stay indoors.
This publication established that hundreds of heavily armed insurgents tried to gain entrance into the town through Jinikin-Moronti, at the outskirts on the road leading Maiduguri to Damaturu along Jos-Kano highway and close to two major housing estates, 1 000 and 707.
Soldiers and other security operatives at the 33 Battalion Barrack confronted the terrorists at the entrance to the town. Local reports said the military deployed both ground and aerial battle to suppress the insurgents A member of the youth vigilante group, Modu Baana, involved in repelling the attack, said 56 terrorists and 9 soldiers were killed in the attack.
The terrorists were said to have lost three armoured tanks and two jeeps in the attack. Baana added that the fighter jets deployed really helped and that was why the insurgents scattered and some ran away into the neighbourhood as they were overwhelmed. Borno has borne the biggest brunt of the terror that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced 1 million people.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY