At least three persons were shot dead today in the troubled city of Maiduguri, Borno State. The incident occurred during a wedding ceremony.
Some soldiers and two civilians seriously injured in the incident were rushed to the hospital. The spokesman of the JTF Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said in a terse statement in Maiduguri that the incident occurred when some suspected members of the Boko Haram sect clashed with the Joint Task Force (JTF).
Lt. Col. Musa said, "Credible information at the disposal of the JTF revealed that two top Boko Haram terrorists on the wanted list of the Task Force sneaked into Maiduguri to attend a wedding of one of their own. Consequently, the JTF mounted surveillance around the wedding venue. The sect members at the ceremony, sensing danger, opened fire sporadically on the surveillance team in the area.
“This led to the death of three civilians. Two (were) wounded from the fire of the terrorists. Two soldiers sustained gunshot injuries while two of the suspected Islamists were arrested. A vehicle used by the attackers, some arms and ammunition were recovered,” according to JTF.
Lt. Col. Musa added that JTF are on the trail of other sect members that escaped.