More information is out about a Sunday night suicide attack by suspected members of Boko Haram on Bale community in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
While competent security sources say at least 15 persons died while 55 others sustained injuries, the Operation Lafiya Dole is saying a different thing.
Residents of communities near Bale were in shock and rattled by echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted security sources as saying that a number of insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town at about 8: 00 p. m. local time.
The insurgents parked their vehicles few meters away from a security check point and sneaked into the community, the sources narrated.
Security operatives engaged in fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and shot sporadically.
“Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots.
“Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately because there were suicide bombers among the attackers,” the added.
However, the Commander of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, denied any death on the side of his soldiers or civilians in the attack.
The commander said some of the Boko Haram insurgents were killed, but he could not give the figure.
“That’s not correct. There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers.
“However, Boko Haram came with suicide bombers who denoted their vests while running from the troops fire in a nearby community and that led to 14 civilians being injured from the blasts,” he stated.