Several gunmen, believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect, are reported to be engaging members of the Joint Task Force near the main market, popularly known as Monday market, in Maiduguri metropolis.
The Task Force’s spokesperson, Lt. Col. Hassan Ifijeh, confirmed to Premium Times that the gunmen arrived late afternoon and threw an Improvised Explosive Device and started to shoot sporadically into the air.
The indiscriminate shooting, the army officer said, drew the attention of members of the joint task force near the area and both sides have been engaged in a hot exchange of fire ever since.
Official casualty figure has not been released but sources in Maiduguri said no fewer than four people have been killed so far.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...