Suspected Boko Haram terrorists last night stormed Maiduguri with sophisticated weapons with a view to taking over the town.
Thunderous sound of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) fired by the terrorists forced the already traumatized residents to suspend their sleep.
Sources said the terrorists wanted to attack the town through Dala suburb, the same direction through which they attacked the town last Saturday.
“No life was lost but some houses have been destroyed, with two of them which the RPG bombs hit directly at Ajilari Dalori completely destroyed while the occupants, including women and children sustained various degrees of injuries,” said Ajid Mohamed, a resident of the affected area.
The attack was launched between 12.20am and 1.40 am.
Though troops of the Nigerian army immediately responded by firing artillery guns in the direction of the approaching insurgents, the exchange of fire continued unabated for over one hour, forcing residents who were living around the red zone to flee their homes in the dead of the night.
Another resident of the area, Jafar Mukhtar Kolima complained that Nigerian troops are always on the defensive instead of taking the war to the insurgents.
“I strongly feel the terrorists are getting the audacity to attack because they believe nobody will pursue them to their hideouts. How can you always wait for your enemy to strike before you respond,? he asked.
“We thank God that the whole of Maiduguri is surrounded by a trench otherwise these terrorists would have taken over Maiduguri long ago,” he added.