Military in Borno state north east Nigeria have repelled an attack earlier launched on Maiduguri metropolis by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The military on Sunday waged war against the insurgents along Gambole and Damboa roads killing scores, while lots of the insurgents fled to their alleged hideouts, the Sambisa forest.
Residents of the two communities told Channels Television that the terrorists were killed in their numbers at Dalwa village with the recovery of several vehicles and rifles.
Dalwa is a farming and herding community on the Maiduguri-Biu road, located some 21 kilometres south of Maiduguri metropolis.
Many residents of Molai and Sulemanti communities and others close to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) depot, also fled to adjourning areas for safety, as the insurgents’ repulsion continued for over five hours.
Residents said the militants sneaked into the suburb of Molai and Gombole road at about 4.30am, before troops engaged them in a gun battle that resulted into repulsions of several armed terrorists into the forest by 9.35am.
Authorities are yet to comment on the attack on the town that has being under severe tension since last Sunday’s attack.
It was also learnt that the “fierce repulsion” was coordinated with the arrival of Nigerian Air Force (NFA) fighter jets from Yola by 7.35am.
In the meantime, normalcy has been restored in the troubled town as residents are currently going about their normal business.