JTF on Friday stormed a location where some Boko Haram men were found and “we exchanged fire with them and about 20 of them died in the crossfire. We also lost two of our soldiers while three were injured,” said army spokesman Lt Colonel Sagir Musa. Some 25 Boko Haram suspects were also arrested.
Loud explosions were heard in the city on Friday few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan rounded off his two-day visit to Borno and Yobe states.
The blasts reported occurred at Bumdum, Customs area and Gamboru parts of the city.
Residents say about seven explosions shook the city at about 6pm, adding that it happened at an interval of minutes.
The president had met with stakeholders in the state yesterday to discuss possible solutions to the crisis.
“I heard seven explosions successively. They were huge, but I have no way of knowing whether the explosions hurt anybody,” a Maiduguri resident, Usman Abubakar, said on the telephone.
At yesterday’s town hall meeting, President Jonathan urged the stakeholders to wheedle out the fundamentalists in their midst.
“Unless the elders of Borno condemn and fight Boko Haram, the people of the state shall continue to suffer from their attacks,” he added.