The Police in Borno State said six persons were killed in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents at Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri on Thursday.
Mr . Edet Okon , the Police Public Relations Officer , said in a statement on Friday that the victims included three civilians, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force and two female suicide bombers .
Okon disclosed that two men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad and seven other persons sustained injuries from gunshots and explosions in the attack .
He added that a Police Personnel Carrier vehicle was damaged in the attack .
Okon said : “ On Thursday, April 26; at about 17: 00 pm, Boko Haram Terrorists launched a surprise attack at Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri near the Federal High Court .
“ The terrorists fired indiscriminately and detonated Improvised Explosive Devices . The Borno State Police Command promptly deployed combat teams of SARS , PMF , and EOD to support the Military and the Divisional Police Officer of GRA who were already at the scene .
“ The insurgents were successfully repelled by the security forces after fierce gun battle with profuse tear smoke application .
“ There was no casualty on the side of the police apart from two SARS personnel that were injured in the battle . A police Armoured Personnel Carrier was also damaged by IED explosions. Seven other persons were severely injured .
“ Four persons including a member of the CJTF and two female suicide bombers were killed in crossfire and IED explosions.
“ The victims and corpses were evacuated to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri . Normalcy has been restored in the area” .
Okon added that preemptive deployments were being put in place to forestall further surprise attack .
He quoted the Police Commissioner , Mr . Damian Chukwu , as calling on members of the public to go about their lawful activities without fear .
However, the National Emergency Management Agency and Borno State Emergency Management Agency , in a joint press briefing said nine persons were killed in the attack .
NEMA’ s Northeast Zonal Director, Mr Bashir Garga, said that five suicide bombers detonated IEDs and killed themselves while four civilians lost their lives in the attack .
Garga disclosed that a number of persons also sustained injuries in the attack , adding that: “ people panicked , fled their homes to escape the attack and in the process got injured .
“ We conducted evacuation exercise in the affected areas and normalcy has been restored. ”
Garga called on people to desist from going to the scene of attacks , noting that the trend was obstructing rescue services and expose workers to dangers.
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