Boko Haram Tried To Take Maidugri, killing at least 82 persons

February 2, 2015 8:02 am

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At least, 82 persons were killed on Sunday, as members of the
terrorist sect, , attempted to invade Maiduguri, security
sources have said.

Breaking down the number of dead persons, Thisday quoted security
sources as saying, not less than 70 insurgents were killed, while 10
civilians and two insurgents were felled in the attempted invasion of
the town, the second in the last seven days.

The insurgents had tried to take Maiduguri, about a week ago, using
the Damaturu-Jimtilo axis, but they were repelled by soldiers who
deployed massive artillery and fighter jets to dislodge them. 65 deaths
were recorded.

Sunday’s attack began at about 3 am, when the heavily-armed gunmen
attacked the southern edge of Maiduguri, setting off explosives as they
tried to enter the city, several residents said.
Troops backed by vigilantes repelled them, but they regrouped and
tried to take the city from the Eastern end, where they were again
stopped.
Defence Spokesman, Chris Olukolade said the assault on the town was
“contained” and that “the incurred massive casualties.
“The situation is calm as mop up operation in the affected area is
ongoing,” agency reports quoted him as writing in a text message.
Security sources said that 50 insurgents were killed in Dalwa, about
20 kilometres from Maiduguri, where the battle was fiercest. About 20
others were killed in other parts of the town where the terrorists also
attempted gaining entrance.
It was also gathered that though the number of soldiers lost in the
attack might be more, two were reportedly killed and had been conveyed
from the battlefield with five seen seriously injured.
The latest attacks on the town were said to have been at four major points of entrance: Ngom, Dalwa, Molai and Jawuri.

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