Nigerian military repels Boko Haram attack near Maiduguri

At least seven people die as Nigerian Army repels Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state.

The Nigerian Army repelled an attack on Sunday by suspected Boko Haram fighters on the village of Aldawari near to Maiduguri city in Borno, local residents and military sources said.

Gun shots and explosions could be heard in the evening outside Maiduguri during the fight between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram. At least seven people died in the fighting according to resident and military sources.

"We just came out of the mosque after evening prayers, then we started hearing gunshots ... then suddenly there was the sound of a blast," said Nene Hassan, a local resident

Hassan also added that four people died and five were wounded.

Another local resident, Mustapha Ahmadu, said at least seven people had been killed. "More body parts are just lying everywhere," he said.

"After the prayers we saw people running away from Aldawari village into ours, and there was the sound of gunshots from that direction," said Jiddari. "Soldiers drove towards the direction of the shooting."

The attack comes just days before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s self-imposed ultimatum to end the insurgency expires on December 31, and on the same week that he announced Nigeria has “technically” won the fight against Boko Haram.

Niger, Chad and Cameroon are also suffering from the spillover of Boko Haram’s insurgency, which is based in the northern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

In the past six years some 17,000 people have been killed by the militant group, while its insurgency has caused around 2.5 million people to flee the area.

TRTWorld and agencies