No fewer than 15 people are feared dead and 55 others sustained injuries in a Sunday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Bale community in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening, April 1, were heard from the outskirts of the city.
Competent security sources said a number of insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town at about 8 pm.
The source disclosed that the insurgents parked their vehicles few meters away from a security check point and sneaked into the community.
The source added that the security operatives engaged in fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and shot sporadically.
According to him, ”Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots. ”Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately because there were bombers among the attackers.”
However, the commander of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, denied any death on the side of his soldiers or civilians in the attack.
He said, however, that some of the Boko Haram insurgents were killed. According to him, ”That’s not correct. There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers.
”However, Boko Haram came with bombers who denoted their vests while running from the troops fire in a nearby community and that led to 14 civilians being injured from the blasts.”