It was indeed a bloody Friday in the ancient city of Borno, Maiduguri State during a bloody battle between Boko Haram insurgents and the Special Forces in Maimalari, which led to the death of over 207 members of the terrorists.
DailyPost reports that the dreaded extremists had earlier launched attack on the 21 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Friday morning in attempt to free its members detained in the Giwa barracks.
Military sources said that several members of the sect who tried to escape into the town from the barracks were captured at Polo, Sulimanti, and other surrounding wards in Maiduguri metropolis, with the assistance of villagers and members of the vigilante youths popularly known as civilian JTF.
According to sources, no fewer than 207 suspected terrorists were feared killed by the military formation while over 50 others including some Arabs, Malians and Chadians were captured alive by troops, who also collected their weapons.
It was further learnt that members of the Civilian-JTF defied all dangers and mobilised in their thousands to confront the attackers, armed with clubs, spears, axes, machetes, knives and sticks.
One of the leaders at the Sector-5 formation of the Civilian-JTF, Mallam Abdullahi, told newsmen on Friday that over 207 members of the Boko Haram sect were killed in the process.
“We have counted 207 dead members of Boko Haram in our area, Jiddari-Polo, alone. Many others are being killed in the bush because the fighter jet is still shelling them, and some of our members have accompanied the soldiers in pursuing them”, he said.
Also confirming the development, Isa Maikati, a member of the Civilian-JTF, said some of the attackers were dressed like soldiers.
“So it was really difficult for us to distinguish between them and soldiers; so we had to devise a tactic of chanting Allahu Akbar and any person in uniform that answers we assumed was a member of Boko Haram, and we would carefully round them up and arrest them”, he said.
Another source, also a Civilian-JTF who declined anonymity said, “It was only God that assisted us because their guns were very mighty and they were even shooting at the fighter jet each time it came closer to open fire on them after dropping some bombs.
“Some of the Boko Haram members began to scatter as the fighter jet kept firing; many of them were killed and some had to run into the neighbourhoods, and we arrested over 30 of them especially in Jiddari-Polo area as well as Fori”.