This left most of the major roads in the town during working hours deserted with people afraid of being caught up in the bomb blasts and gunshots, as no one knew what direction explosions and bomb blasts might come from.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa in a press statement said: “A JTF patrol vehicle was attacked at about 1300 hours today (Friday) in Shehuri general area by suspected Boko Haram terrorists and the attack was resisted.”
He added: “The incident led to the killing of two Boko Haram terrorists, two JTF personnel were wounded and are in stable condition UMTH where they are presently receiving treatment.
“Twenty-five suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the episode.”
Speaking further he said: “Similarly, an improvised explosive device was detected by our troops and defused by the bomb disposal unit of the task force.”
He said this incident “occurred at Bulumkutu area of Maiduguri metropolis today (Friday) at about 1130 hrs.”
Musa stated that “Following intelligence report, a special operation was conducted on Thursday, July 26, and early hours of Friday, 27 July, 2012 in Maiduguri.
“The operation led to the arrest of 26 suspected terrorists believed to be members of the terrorists group at Biafra Bula-Bulin, Kasuwan Shanu and GRA in Maiduguri metropolis.”
Musa said that the suspects were believed to be the brains behind the killing of two Indians on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
“Some of the suspects were responsible for the killings of two Indians, a cleric and several others in Maiduguri in the recent past.’’
Two AK 47 Rifles, three magazines, 200 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition were also recovered during the raid.
“We also recovered a primed Improvised Explosive Device, which was detonated by the Bomb Disposal Unit of the JTF as well as cutlasses, daggers and charms.
“There was also a blood stained cloth used during the killing of a cleric in Kasuwan Shanu, Maiduguri.” Said Musa