Maiduguri — Heavy gunshots and explosions were heard last night as armed men believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked Dalori village, located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Residents of the area along Bama road and students living in 202 Estate, opposite the University of Maiduguri, fled their homes while shops around the area shut down.
Daily Trust correspondent reports that the attack started at about 7.13pm. The militants were said to have entered the village and started shooting sporadically.
The Chief Information Officer of the University of Maiduguri, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed, said the area where the incident occurred was far from the university while the spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole and Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col Mustapha Anka, in a text message confirmed the attack, saying "we are on top of the situation."
A resident of 202 Estate along Bama road, Ibrahim Musa Goniri, said many people in the area fled following the sporadic shots.
"I trekked for over five kilometers. I am now around Lagos street. I don't know if there are still people in that Estate, but I saw so many people running away. The gunshots were frightening," he told our correspondent.
Daily Trust learnt that the military engaged the terrorists in a gun battle which was still on at the time of filing this report.