At least 60 people were feared dead in a clash between troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army and the militant group Boko Haram around Kayamula village, few kilometres from 21 Armoured Brigade (Giwa Barracks) on Wednesday in Maiduguri. Most of those killed are suspected to be members of the terror group.
Kayamula village of Konduga local government area of the state is about 20km drive from Maiduguri which has suffered series of deadly attacks by terrorists in the past.
“35 members of the terrorists including women suicide bombers were killed by troops, while 27 residents near Kayamula and Alau Dam villages were slaughtered by insurgents after they were repelled and chased away by troops,” Vanguard quoted a reliable source to have said.
A mass burial was held for the slain residents. Mallam Abba Alau who participated in the mass burial said, “we were able to bury our 27 people who were slaughtered by terrorists while fleeing but ran into our community and wrecked havoc before heading towards Sambisa Forest on Wednesday night”.
Vanguard quoted another source to have said, “no fewer than three security operatives were killed, with others injured when some women suicide bombers who disguised as fleeing residents of Bale village near Kayamula detonated their explosives near troops during operation.
“Also, another dependable source told our Correspondent that the imposition of 24 hours curfew on Maiduguri and its environs by troops on Thursday morning was to allow security operatives trail and apprehend scores of suicide bombers, mostly women terrorists who sneaked into Maiduguri to cause havoc on residents.
“The curfew was declared because during the operation, many insurgents found at the scene of the attack had Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) tied to their bodies, and that security agencies suspected that some of them might have sneaked into Maiduguri city and nobody wants to take chances,” the source stated.