Nigeria’s Army said it repelled an attack on Monday by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri.
- Maj. General Nicholas Rogers, who heads Nigeria’s military operations against Boko Haram, said the situation is under control and everyone should go about their business.
- The government says it is on alert for Boko Haram attacks during the Christmas period and other festivals for
- Heavy gunfire was heard in the Molai area on the outskirts of the city on Monday evening, prompting residents to flee the district, two residents and an officer in a local vigilante group had said.
- There were no immediate reports of casualties nor any immediate claim of responsibility. It was also not immediately possible to identify the target of the assault.
- The Theatre Commander, however, noted that during their retreat, two vehicles were set on fire and some thatched houses at the outskirts of the city gate were burnt.
- Both ground troops and the Nigerian Air Force are on a hot pursuit for the fleeing terrorists, the statement added.