Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Soldiers embark on shooting spree in Maiduguri to scare Boko Haram

There was confusion in Maiduguri, the capital town of troubled Borno State on Tuesday as sporadic shooting boomed all over the town, causing panic among residents.

Parents and guardians hurriedly withdrew their children from schools as many of the residents thought the town was under attack by Boko Harm, so everyone remained indoors, leaving the streets desolate.

It was later discovered that the shooting which lasted for about 30 minutes emanated from soldiers at both Giwa and Maimalari barracks in the town, who wanted to showcase their preparedness to take on any attack on the town.

A military source, who confirmed the shooting, said it had nothing to do with attacks by the Islamist insurgency group, Boko Haram.

He said the shooting was meant to scare away Boko Haram militants from the town.

Another military source said the shooting was preemptive and aimed at discouraging the terrorist group from contemplating an attack on Maiduguri.

He said, "Our troops are more than capable of defending Maiduguri," advising residents to go about their business without fear.

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