The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) said on Tuesday that it shot dead 24 suspected terrorists after repelling Monday night’s multiple attacks in Maiduguri.
JTF spokesman Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa stated this in a statement in Maiduguri. Musa explained that the terrorists had made use of rocket propellers, grenade and Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) during the attacks.
“Suspected Boko Haram terrorists launched attacks with rocket propellers, grenades and IEDs and gun fires at different locations in Maiduguri on Monday night. The locations are Zannari, Lagos Street and Gwange General Area,” he said.
Musa explained that the terrorists made use of residential homes in launching the attacks at different times in the night. “They used civilian residences and homes as launch areas for the attacks at different times,” he said.
Musa said that the attacks were all repelled by the JTF and no soldier or civilian was killed. “All the attacks were repelled, no soldier or civilian was killed. Twenty four suspected terrorists were killed,” he said.
Musa said that a number of weapons were recovered by the JTF after the operation. “The following items were recovered: one RPG tube, four RPG charges, one General Purpose Machine Gun, seven AK 47 rifles, one FNC rifle and 24 assorted magazines. Other are two pistols, IED materials, bows and arrows and cutlasses, among others,” he said.
Musa said that the city had returned to normal after the counter attack by his men. “The JTF wishes to warn residents of the city to stop allowing their homes to be used as launch pads. Any person caught will be dealt with, according to the law,” he said.