Soldiers kill eleven Boko Haram members in Maiduguri

Eleven members of the extremist Boko Haram sect were killed Saturday afternoon by soldiers of the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The sect members were reportedly killed in a gun battle that ensued after they attacked a checkpoint mounted by the soldiers.

The commander, Field Operations of the JTF,  Victor Ebhaleme, told Premium Times that one of the attackers who survived the gun battle with serious injuries has been taken to a hospital in Maiduguri.

“Eleven BH (Boko Haram) members have been shot dead by the JTF (joint military taskforce) in Maiduguri today, following a shootout with the sect members at a checkpoint in a stop and search operation; one of them was wounded and is receiving treatment at the hospital,” Mr. Ebhaleme said.

Meanwhile, one policeman was reportedly killed by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect when a police outpost in Mandawari quarters of Kano was attacked yesterday evening.

Confirming the incident, Kano State police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, told journalists in Kano that the police engaged the gunmen for more than one hour of gun battle as a result of which one fatally wounded officer died while being taken to hospital.

“We lost one of our men in the attack in Mandwari inside the city,” Mr. Ibrahim said.He is a corporal and he died on the way to hospital. The gunmen were repelled.”

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