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4 Dead, 9 Injured In Maiduguri, As Joint Forces Repel Boko Haram Attack

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Four persons, including two female suicide bombers and a member of the ‘Civilian JTF’ have been comfirmed dead, while 9 others, including two SARS personnel sustained various degrees of injuries, in the wake of an a surprise attack by Boko Haram terroriststs on Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri near the Maiduguri Federal High Court in Borno State, on Thursday.

In a statement issued to newsmen on Friday in Maiduguri by the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edet Okon, the police said the command promptly deployed combat teams of SARS, Police Mobile Force and EOD, supported by the military and the divisional police officer of the GRA Division who were already at the scene.
“Yesterday, 26/04/18 at about 1700hrs, the Boko Haram launched a surprise attack at Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri, near the Federal High court.

“The terrorists fired sporadically and detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Borno State Police Command promptly deployed combat teams of SARS, PMF and EOD to support the military and others already at the scene.

“The insurgents were successfully repelled by the security forces after fierce gun-battle with profuse tear-smoke application.

“There was no casualty on the side of the police, apart from two SARS personnel that were injured in the battle. A Police Amoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was also damaged by IED explosions. Seven other persons were severely injured. Four persons, including a CJTF and 2 female suicide bombers were killed in the cross-fire and (from) IED explosions.

“They victims and corpses have been evacuated to the state specialist hospital in Maiduguri and normalcy has been restored in the area.’’

“The Commissioner of Police Borno State, CP Damian Chukwu, therefore,
urges members of the public to go about their lawful activities without fear. He also urges residents of the state to, always, promptly report suspicious persons and activities to the police or other security agencies for prompt action.

“ Meanwhile, pre-emptive deployments are being put in place to forestall
further surprises,” DSP Okon said.



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