Boko Haram Terrorists kill 15, injure 55 in Maiduguri attack

Insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town.

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The Nigerian army has faced repeated attacks by Boko Haram during a nearly nine-year insurgency

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No fewer than 15 people are feared  dead and  55 others sustained injuries in a Sunday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Bale community in the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN) reports that echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening, were heard from the  outskirts of the city.

Competent security sources told NAN that a number of insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town at about 8:00 pm.

The source disclosed that the insurgents parked their vehicles few meters away from a security check point and sneaked into the community.

The source  added that the security operatives engaged in fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices  (IEDs) and shot sporadically.

"Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots. Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately  because there were suicide bombers among the attackers," the added.

However, the  Commander of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers  Nicholas, denied any death on the side of his soldiers or civilians  in the attack.

Reacting to NAN inquiry in a text message he said, however, that some of the Boko Haram insurgents were killed.

"That's not correct.  There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers.

"However,  Boko Haram came with suicide bombers who denoted their vests while running from the troops fire in a nearby community and that led to 14 civilians being injured from the blasts."

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