There was tension around Maiduguri city in Borno when suspected Boko Haram terrorists detonated three powerful bombs in an attempt to attack an IDP camp.
According to multiple sources on Facebook living in the metropolis, the attack was carried out in the night on Thursday, February 16 when the terrorists tried to invade the newly constructed Customs House where IDPs from Mafa LGA are being camped.
They however met still resistance as soldiers engage them in a gun battle that lasted for an hour.
It was reported that an unconfirmed number of civilians lost their lives while the terrorists including some bombers were all killed.
According to Zanna Yakub Lawan many people were also injured in the surprised attack.
He wrote: “Alhamdulillahi for being alive. The attack was defeated. Boko Haram (BH) tried to storm into Maiduguri metropolis, but our gallant soldiers defeated them.
“They tried to storm into Yerwa through the newly constructed Customs House where internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Ajiri & Anadua in MAFA Local Government Areas were camped. A privileged information from a friend (a Captain in the Army) indicates that all the dreaded BH boys were killed by our gallant soldiers including many s*icide bombers who also tried to infiltrate into Yerwa.
“However, many lost their lives as many also got serious injuries. As I’m posting this update, we are right now beside our residential gates at 505 [Housing Units here in Maiduguri]; security agencies and ambulances could be seen conveying those affected from Muna-customs camp to hospital.
“May the souls of those who died rest in perfect peace & May Allah grant quick recovery to those injured.”
As of the morning of Friday, February 17, Maiduguri has returned to calm after the deadly engagement according to one Mr Ayenigba who resides in the region.