Several persons were feared dead, yesterday evening, following heavy explosion and gun battle between Boko Haram insurgents and security operatives near the Gomari area, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Though it was unclear if there were casualties as at the time of filing this report, however, reports emerging indicated that the explosion in the midst of a gun battle between the Boko Haram terrorists and troops of the Nigerian Army may have claimed the lives of many.
Sources in the community said explosions were also heard in Mairi area, a student’s village near the University of Maiduguri.
The military is said to have deployed gun-trucks to the area, as earlier reports indicated that worshippers in a mosque on the street called “Layin-Bori” may have been killed.
According to the sources, the attack caused pandemonium around settlements like Mairi, Kaleri and Constein which are sharing fence with the University. “People are just running in no direction. The explosions were coming from our area; what I cannot say is if people have died”, one source stated.
As at press time, security agencies are yet to react to the incident.
This is the first attack on Maiduguri town in a long time and this may not be unconnected with the sustained onslaught on insurgents in the Sambisa axis of the State.
Sustained attacks on Boko Haram strongholds have in the past forced the insurgents to re-group, as they sometimes filter into towns or attack soft targets.