Monday, December 2, 2013
Nigerian Army Confirms Boko Haram Attacks In Maiduguri, Silent On Casualties
formally confirmed Monday morning's attacks in the troubled town by
the Boko Haram militant sect.
The spokesman of the Division, Col. Mohammed Dole, made the
confirmation in a statement sent to newsmen but he did not, shed light
on the casualties the Army and Airforce suffered, or the civilian
toll. He merely said the sect had been repelled the insurgents after
inflicting "serious casualties" on them and that the military are in
full control of the situation.
SaharaReporters has however gathered that dozens of corpses have been
taken to several hospitals in the state capital.
"The situation around Jimtilo and Maiduguri International Airport
General Areas [is] now calm and under control," the statement said.
"Our troops supported by Nigerian Air force aircrafts are presently
pursuing the terrorists towards the Maiduguri- Beneshiekh- Damaturu
He urged members of the public to remain calm and to comply with the
24 hours curfew imposed by the Borno State Government, adding that it
would be reviewed periodically as the situation improves.
It remains unclear how Boko Haram militants are still able to stroll
into Maiduguri and lay a frontal attack on the soldiers or wipe out
civilians despite years of heavy Nigerian Army presence under
stringent rules and air cover, as well as several months of emergency