Update: Military says no life lost in Maiduguri Christmas day attack by Boko Haram
|Major General Nicholas, TC Ops LD|
Kareem's Pick Blog led in breaking the story on Monday evening when the insurgents staged what seemed like an invasion attempt on the city of Maiduguri.
The late dusk attack forced residents of the suburb, mostly women and children, fleeing into the city in the dark hours.
According to the account of a soldier who pleaded anonymity, three persons lost their lives as insurgents attacked some vehicles conveying food stuff to Maiduguri from Biu town.
Though this claim has not been independently verified by Kareem's Pick Blog, the source said the three victims who were all burnt alive included a woman.
A statement was issued by the Theatre Commander of the counterinsurgency operation in northeast Nigeria, tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers
The statement said the attack was motivated by hunger on the part of the insurgents who were out to steal food from the civil populace.
He said it took the joint efforts of the ground troops and the air force to chase away the insurgents who came with bombs and gun trucks.
The Theatre Commander's statement reads in full:
"This evening, there was an attempted attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorist who came with Person Borne Improvised Explosives Devices (PIED) and gun trucks to steal foodstuff and also attack troops around Molai area, outskirts of Maiduguri, but met stiff resistance fm troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE who repelled them and secured the community.
"No lost of lives to own troops and normalcy has since been restored. Meanwhile troops have been on the trail of the remnants of the terrorists. Unfortunately, during their retreat, they set two vehicles on fire and some thatched houses at the outskirts of the city gate.
"Both ground troops and the Nigerian Air Force are on hot pursuit and interdicting the fleeing terrorists that are now in disarray".