The Borno state police command has explained how two of its men sustained injuries in a Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri on Thursday.
TheCable had reported that a suicide bomber hit an armoured personnel carrier of the police, injuring two officers.
In a statement on Friday, Edet Okon, spokesman of the command, said the insurgents fired sporadically and detonated the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the vehicle.
A combined team of security operatives had engaged Boko Haram fighters in a gun battle at Jidari Polo area of the state capital on Thursday evening.
“The Borno state police command promptly deployed combat teams of SARS, PMF and EOD to support the military and the divisional police officer (DPO) of GRA division who were already at the scene. The insurgents were successfully repelled by the security forces after fierce gun battle with profuse tear smoke application,” the statement read.
“There was no casualty on the side of the police apart from two special antirobbery squad (SARS) personnel who were injured in the battle. A police amoured personnel carrier (APC) was also damaged by IED explosions.
“Seven other persons were severely injured. Four persons including a civilian joint task force (CJTF) and 2 female suicide bombers were killed in crossfire and IED explosions. Remains of the victims have been evacuated to the state specialist hospital in Maiduguri. Normalcy has been restored in the area.”