Nigeria Boko Haram: ‘Hundreds’ attack Maiduguri
Hundreds of militants have staged a multi-pronged attack on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses say.
On entering the city, the attackers split into smaller groups – heading for the barracks, the university and an area where civil servants live.
The assault on the barracks was an attempt by the attackers to free colleagues held there, a military spokesman said.
Militants suspected to be from Boko Haram have killed 500 people this year.
‘Hiding behind mango tree’
Local residents say there was a heavy exchange of fire near Giwa barracks, as the military battled the insurgents.
A military source told the AFP news agency that dozens of suspected militants had been freed – a report which defence ministry spokesman Chris Olukolade neither confirmed nor denied.
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