By Lanre Ola
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Soldiers fought off Islamist insurgents who attempted to free captured comrades from a military barracks in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, the military said.
Witnesses reported more than two hours of gunfire and explosions, starting at around 7:15 a.m., from the direction of the Giwa barracks, where the army has detained hundreds of Islamist insurgent suspects.
Al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in an almost five-year insurgency aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the religiously diverse country of about 170 million.
“Pockets of terrorists apparently in a move to boost their depleted stock of fighters this morning attacked a military location in Maiduguri with a view to freeing their colleagues who are being held in detention,” a military statement said.
It said the attack had been repelled, with heavy casualties among the…
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