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Explosions rock Maiduguri as JTF kill ‘high profile’ militant

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From Mustapha Isah, Maiduguri

As the wave of violence and serial killings continued in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, operatives of the Joint Military Task Force, (JTF), yesterday killed a ‘high profile’ militant during a gun battle along customs road bridge.
Our correspondent reported that the shootings caused commotion in the area as commuters and traders scampered for safety even as roads leading to the scene were immediately deserted.
The latest incident came less than 10 hours after multiple bomb explosions, suspected to have been detonated by the militants went off along the Maiduguri railway quarters.
Spokesman of the JTF, Lt- Col. Sagir Musa, told newsmen that some improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which were buried at the road side had went off in the early hours of yesterday without recording any casualty.
According to Lt-Col. Musa, security operatives who rushed to the scene of the incident had also discovered two other unexploded IEDs, which were immediately removed and detonated.
He added that the second incident took place later in the day when three gunmen, who drove in a tricycle, opened fire on a team of soldiers, leading to a gun duel, which left one of the attackers dead, while others were apprehended.
“Our troops were on a routine patrol when terrorists drove in a tricycle and fired at their direction, the soldiers hurriedly fired back and a shoot- out had ensued, leaving ‘high profile’ militant dead while others were nabbed”, the spokesman said.
He explained that arms and ammunition were recovered from the gunmen, while no casualty recorded from the side of the JTF personnel.

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