InformAfrica – News reports confirms the Nigerian military Joint Task Force attacked Boko Haram hideouts in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, which has experienced multiple bomb blasts by the ill-fated militant group this year alone.
Nineteen people were reported killed during clashes with the Islamist sect in north-eastern Nigeria on Tuesday, officials said.
The violence, which authorities blamed on the radical Boko Haram sect, hit the cities of Kano and Maiduguri, where the group once had its main mosque.
“There have been at least eight explosions in these neighborhoods and soldiers have moved in with tanks and have taken over the whole area,” AFP quoted one resident as saying on Tuesday.
An army spokesman, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, said on Tuesday night that all 16 of those killed were “Boko Haram terrorists” and that the military suffered no casualties.
Soldiers also recovered weapons and ammunition in the operation, which targeted areas authorities believed served as hideouts for the sect in the city, Ebhaleme said.
On Monday, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a church on the outskirts of the northern city of Bauchi in which 15 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured.
The extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
Nigeria faces a growing wave of terrifying violence carried out by Boko Haram. The sect’s name translates as “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.
The notorious sect has been blamed for killing more than 560 people this year alone, according to the Associated Press. Targets have included churches, often attacked by suicide car bombers.