For over 20 hours between Tuesday and yesterday, there was a gun battle in Maiduguri between the Joint Task Force (JTF) and members of the Jama'atu Ahlil Sunnati Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, better known as Boko Haram. Daily Trust reports that the result of the gun duel was devastating because residents said there was "mass casualty" on both sides.
Witnesses said the confrontation, which started on Tuesday with terrifying sound of eight bomb blasts, has left "unforgettable scars on the civilian population" in many settlements in the affected areas.
During the ensuing crisis, many people were reportedly killed, houses, shops and vehicles vandalized and freedom of movement curtailed.
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