As troops matched to recapture Marte from the control of terrorists, the sect were already carrying out another attack in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced that troops have recaptured Marte Local Government Area of Borno State from the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group who captured the town few days ago.
Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the troops carried out the task in less than 48 hours.
“Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists.
“This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.
“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area.”
However, many people including women and children were on Tuesday killed and many other injured as gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram fighters launched multiple attacks on Maiduguri.
Nine boys who were playing football at Gwange were reportedly killed by a rocket launched by the sect.
“Four people have been confirmed dead in our area, known as Adam Kolo,” said a Maiduguri based journalists, Ali Chiroma.
“The explosive fell a few metres from our house. All the people that sustained injuries have been rushed to the UMTH for treatment,” he said.
The areas most affected by the attack are Kalere, a place located behind the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Adam Kolo and Gwange.
The terrorists made attempts to enter Maiduguri, but were repelled by the military.
“I was at a friend’s house located near the UMTH when I heard the violent explosions. I saw people running to places of safety and I had to stay at my friend’s,” a resident, Modu Lawal, said.
Another explosion was launched at Gwange area.
Troops immediately deployed fighter jets and helicopter gunships, forcing the attackers to retreat.
Another resident of Maiduguri, Abubakar Mohammed, said; “What happened today is unfortunate, especially at a time when people around Maiduguri were happy.
“Maiduguri had enjoyed relative peace in recent times but people in the city have been weakened today following multiple assaults on the city.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces need to change their operational tactics and information flow, a lot need to be done to sustain public confidence,” he said.
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