The Defence Headquarters on Monday confirmed the terror attack on the Nigerian Air Force Base and the 33 Artillery Batallion of the Nigeria Army in Maiduguri. The military high command however stated that the aircraft destroyed by the terrorists were those that had already been put out of use.
This was contained in a statement signed by Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, the Director of Information at the Defence Headquarters.
The statement reads inter alia:
“Nigerian security forces today repelled a pre-dawn attack on Maiduguri by suspected terrorists. Military locations such as Nigerian Air Force Base and some Nigerian Army locations in Maiduguri were targeted during the attack.
Three decommissioned military aircrafts as well as two helicopters were incapacitated in the course of the attack.
Two Air Force personnel were also wounded while 24 insurgents died during the exchange of fire.
Security forces are in pursuit of the terrorists in the Djemitillo general area along the Maiduguri/ Banishek axis.
Movements in Maiduguri and environs have been restricted. Citizens are enjoined to report any of the fleeing insurgents, most of whom could be identified with gunshot wounds whenever they are sighted.
Meanwhile, normal flights operations to and from the Maiduguri Airport which were earlier temporarily disrupted have resumed.”