The army responded rapidly to threats of a Boko Haram attack on the Jiddari Polo area in Maiduguri. This was Boko Haram’s most daring attack into Maiduguri since it lost the area. Boko Haram has increased its attacks since losing territory. The military promises to keep a heavy security presence in the area. Boko Haram has caused the death of 100,000 people since 2009, thus continued Nigerian army success is hoped for.
06/08/2017 Nigeria (Premium Times) – The attack by members of the Boko Haram on Maiduguri was successfully repelled, the Army said on Wednesday evening.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on the Jiddari Polo area of the city, a few kilometres from the elite Government Residential Area, GRA.
In its response, the army said it “neutralized” the attackers.
“In a merciless operation, Nigerian troops have neutralized Boko Haram gunmen who attempted to attack Jiddari Polo community in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital,” Army spokesperson Sani Usman said.
The brigadier general added that “there was an attempt by a few suspected Boko Haram to attack Jiddari Polo and all have been neutralized. Situation cool and calm.”
The Army confirmed that residents of the area had planned to flee their homes but “were reassured with rapid response of Nigerian troops.”
Mr. Usman assured that there was heavy security presence in the area and the situation was now under control.
The army did not, however, provide details of the casualty figure from Wednesday’s attack.