Explosions and gunfire reported in Maiduguri, Nigeria

NIGERIA (OBSERVATORY) – Explosions and gunfire heard in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri as soldiers battle Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram insurgents are attacking Maiduguri, the Borno state capital now, with government troops pushing them back.

The attack appears to be coming from the Damboa Road axis of the city that is popularly called Polo area.

Residents of the neighbourhood are currently fleeing their houses.

The shooting started at about 6pm and is still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.

A loud explosion was heard amidst the shooting as at 6:15pm.

According to Reuters, witnesses reported a heavy military presence in the Jiddari Polo area of the city. The military issued a statement urging people “not to panic and discountenance rumours of Boko Haram presence”.

Boko Haram militants attempted to enter Maiduguri earlier this month, clashing with soldiers in an attack that killed at least 15 people and left 83 injured.