Feb. 22 (Xinhua)
Nigerian security forces on Thursday
repelled an attack on police station in northeastern Maiduguri city by gunmen
believed to be Boko Haram militant sect,
police source said Friday.
Residents said gunmen suspected to be
Boko Haram invaded the Area Command
office of the Nigeria Police along Baga
road on Thursday night throwing
explosive substances at the office
previously attempted for destruction by the sect in 2011.
Borno State Police Public Relations Officer Gideon Jubril confirmed the incident to Xinhua. He said the gunmen attempted to attack the police area command but the attack was repelled through combined efforts of the Joint Task Force and the police. Gideon said many of the attackers died during exchange of fire though he said he could not give details and casualty figure.
Information officer of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Abdukadir Ibrahim said several bomb
explosions occurred on Thursday night
and early morning of Friday. He told Xinhua that he does not known if there was casualty or not.
Many resident believe about 23 bomb
blasts occurred in the metropolis while
the gun battle between the security
troops and Boko Haram lasted. The attack came barely 48 hours after three people including a suicide bomber were killed after the explosion on Wednesday.
Maiduguri, seen as the base of the Boko
Harm militia, has witnessed a series of
deadly attacks in the past two years.