Boko Haram Planning Major Offensive On Maiduguri

Boko Haram fighters
Boko Haram fighters

The Boko Haram insurgency group might be planning a major terrorist attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the icirnigeria.org gathered from a military source on Monday.

A reliable military source told our reporter on Monday evening that the military had intelligence of the planned terrorist onslaught on the Borno State capital and was ready with a battle plan.

This news comes on the heels of two successive explosions on Monday evening in the Bakassi area, the same neighborhood where an Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp is located.

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Although there are no details yet about the explosions, which went off at around 8.00pm on Monday, the IDP camp, where more than 14,000 displaced persons are sheltered, is believed to be the target.

It is the third consecutive day that explosions are rocking the Bakassi area where the camp is located.

Our source said that the intelligence about the insurgent’s planned attack on Maiduguri was obtained from two members of Boko Haram who turned themselves in to military authorities in Damatturu, the capital of Yobe State.

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According to the source, the two suspects who are being interrogated in an undisclosed location disclosed that the insurgency group plans to invade Maiduguri with more than 300 of its fighters, including several suicide bombers.

However, the suspects could provide no information about the nature and possible date of the attack, it was learnt.

It was gathered, however, that Nigerian troops have been put on high alert while there are plans to move more men to Maiduguri.

Attempts to get the Army spokesman to comment on the issue were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered on Monday night.