Many persons were feared dead on Tuesday evening following heavy explosion and gun duel between Boko Haram insurgents and security operatives in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
It is not clear the casualty at the moment but reports indicated the insurgents tried to launch an attack on University of Maiduguri from the northeast behind the military trench which is behind the university.
Residents said the attack has caused pandemonium around settlements like Mairi, Kaleri and Constein which are sharing fence with the University.
A residents of Kaleri informed explosions were being detonated within the area but cannot tell if there are fatalities.“People are just running in no direction. The explosions were coming from our area. What I cannot say is if people have died,” the source said.
The Nation reports it’s more than a year that Boko Haram insurgents made efforts to lunch such an attack on Maiduguri metropolis.
None of the students contacted in the University of Maiduguri responded to calls.
There are also no details yet from security operatives.
Heavy explosions and the sound of gunshots have engulfed some parts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The explosions which started at about 5:45 pm up to the time of filing in this report were heard around Fori general area near Giwa military barracks. Sources said, armed insurgents were behind the attack attempting to infiltrate the city, as troops engaged them.
Maiduguri has been long without witnessing any Boko Haram invasion, even as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru last Sunday while on Operational Visit to the state gave 48 hours ultimatum to troops to recapture Marte Local Government Area which is currently under the control of Boko Haram.