ThrowbackTimes have gathered reports on how men of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast city of Maiduguri.

According to security sources and residents who told AFP, the attack by Islamist gunmen, was repelled hours after President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated into office for a second term in power.

Soldiers intercepted numerous fighters from Boko Haram on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Tuesday night, beginning a night-long battle that continued until close to dawn on Wednesday. “Our troops did an impressive job, and fought off the terrorists,” said a military source who narrated under condition of anonymity.

Troops fought all night, and “forced them to withdraw by dawn,” the source said. A member of a self-defence militia, that fights
alongside regular troops, said Boko Haram forces were spotted as they moved towards the city in the dark. “Luckily they were sighted by soldiers, who fought them all night long,” the militia fighter said. Residents of the city reported the sounds of a heavy battle.

“We kept hearing explosions and the sound of gunfire throughout the night,” Maiduguri resident Nasiru.