Residents of Mammanti, a community around polo in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria say three soldiers were reportedly killed in a gun duel with members of Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP who stormed the community and attacked military location at about 12 midnight two days ago.
A local vigilante in the area, who identified himself as Usman Abubakar told Newsmen yesterday morning that, three soldiers were killed.
According to him, since an insurgent’s attack last year in the area, many residents have relocated, leaving a few who are struggling to keep body and soul together.
Fear has gripped many residents of Maiduguri owing to daily occurrences around the city as Boko Haram fighters continue to put pressure on military bases.
The latest attack on the soldiers at Mammanti, according to residents of Maiduguri calls to question the capacity of the military to deal with the situation.
Attempt to get an official of the 7 division Nigerian Army, Col. Ado Isa to speak on the attack as well as casualty figure at Mammanti failed as calls put across to his mobile phone went unanswered. Also text message forwarded to him got no reply.
Similarly, the Nigerian Army is yet to issue a statement on the latest attack.