JTF battles Boko Haram in Maiduguri, kill 16 sect members

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16 suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect have been killed in a fierce overnight gun battle with soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Lawan Bukar and Shehuri areas of Maiduguri late Tuesday.

The Army says no casualties were recorded on its side, witnesses say civilians were hit by stray bullets.

“It’s confirmed,” Colonel Victor Ebhaleme told AFP when asked about reports of 16 Boko Haram members being killed in the city of Maiduguri. “They came to attack part of the city,” he said.

“Some suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to open fire on [security] operatives but could not succeed,” Ebhaleme added

Colonel Ebhaleme declined to provide more details about the raid.

The Joint Task Force also recovered weapons and ammunition from the suspects and destroyed some of their home-made bombs.

Residents of the area reported hearing gunfire and explosions as JTF soilders swarmed the area with heavy artillery where sect members were believed to be hiding.

“There have been at least eight explosions in these neighbourhoods and soldiers have moved in with tanks and have taken over the whole area,” a resident said.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for Sunday’s a suicide bombing at a church in Bauchi. The attack left more than 15 people dead.

The group is yet to comment on this incident.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This can happen if all boarders are checked n closed. So no ecape from them of reinforcement from their Niger n Chad members.
    Grease to your elbows!!

  2. The point is this, is there no way the government would place a huge sum ( say#150m) as a remuneration for any body or group of bodies who knows/know the whereabouts of Shakau. Recall it helped during Sokoto’s alleged jail break. Those guys have taken this nation for a ride.

  3. God pls help ur people. I don’t know when people will realise that human life is sacred and treat it as such. The issues of blood shedding is no more a news. I wonder how life would have been if there is nothing like Islam. The world is fighting a war. Who are fighting? Terrorism. Who are the terrorist? Muslim. I’m not saying all the muslims are terrorist but if the terrorist are 100, 99% are muslims.

  4. God pls help ur people. I don’t know when people will realise that human life is sacred and treat it as such. The issues of blood shedding is no more a news. I wonder how life would have been if there is nothing like Islam. The world is fighting a war. Who are fighting? Terrorism. Who are the terrorist? Muslims. I’m not saying that all the muslims are terrorist but if the terrorist are 100, 99% are muslims.

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