Islamist militant sect Boko Haram today launched a daring attack on an army base -Giwa Barack- in Maiduguri by water and land in an attempt to free members detained in the barrack.
The sect members drove in a convoy to attack the barrack and also reportedly penetrated the barrack through a river channel at the back of the base. Security sources told SaharaReporters that the attack was severe and that the sect succeeded in freeing some of its members detained at the barrack.
Several large explosions were heard throughout the city during the duration of the raid.
Students of the university of Maiduguri thought the attack was targeted at the university, but our sources said the sect mainly used the back of the university to launch attacks against the army barrack.
Two military jets were scrambled to ward off to ward off the attacks. One military source counted 22 corpses lying around in from of the barrack. The dead were members of the sect rounded up and killed by soldiers at an army base as they prepared to flee after the attack.
An army source said the sect succeeded in bombing the armory in the barracks causing huge explosions that were heard around the city.
Several soldiers were killed and injured, but the military authorities would not reveal the number of dead or injured soldiers in the attack.
A group of vigilantes known as “Civilian JTF” later swung into action around the university of Maiduguri capturing some of the escaped prisoners and promptly handing them over to the army.