At least 15 people have been killed after Boko Haram Takfiri militants carried out gun and bombing attacks in a key city in northeastern Nigeria, reports say. The militants attacked Jiddari Polo, an area located on the outskirts of Borno State’s capital, Maiduguri, on Sunday evening. Locals who were attending prayers at a mosque in the area said they heard the sound of gunfire and artillery rounds following evening prayers. Residents also started to flee their homes to other areas in the city after the attacks, according to reports.
The death toll from the attacks is expected to rise. "We have to wait until the morning to have a good picture of the aftermath of the clash, because it happened in the dark," said Babakura Kolo, a civilian assisting the Nigerian military. The attacks, which were the first to be carried out in Maiduguri in recent months, ended after the Nigerian military responded with artillery fire. The terrorist group has been trying to regain control over Maiduguri, which is the group’s birthplace.