Early this morning between 7.04- 9.15 am, Militant group Boko Haram carried out a brazen attack on the city of Maiduguri.
According to eye-witness reports, the insurgents burst into the city in their hundreds in a multiple thronged attack with several groups headed for the Giwa Military barracks, the University of Maiduguri and residential areas in the state.
The Daily trust reports that explosives were detonated inside the military baracks where most Boko Haram members who have been captured are kept. It is thought a number of the militants were released during the attack which saw the members of the Nigerian army returning the insurgents fire during the attack.
According to the paper, residents around the new GRA, University of Maiduguri, Fouri, 202 and 303 Housing Estates and Bama road said fighter jets had dropped “numerous bombs” on the attackers.
Witnesses also reported hearing gun fire and seeing Army fighter jets dropping explosives on the clusters of insurgents around the city in order to stem the violence.
The number of casualties is yet to be confirmed but sources at the University of Maiduguri teaching Hospital have reported several bodies deposited at the hospital. While a number of people who sustained injuries from gun shots during the fighting are also being treated.
Students of the University of Maiduguri are thought to have fled the University Campuses with female students being told to take cover in the classrooms.
Boko Haram is thought to have killed up to 500 people this year alone and the attacks have become more frequent and daring despite the enforcement of a state of emergency in affected states.
The Nigerian military has stepped up coordinated efforts to combat the militants who mainly hide in the mountainous areas of the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
Earlier this week, the Joint Task Force paraded several militants that the military had captured during a raid on suspected Boko Haram hide outs. A number of the militants were also killed during the operation.