Dreaded Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram today bombed several military units near the Maiduguri International Airport, eyewitnesses say.
About 300 sect members successfully attacked the an Airforce base in the area in an attack that started around 3:00 AM Nigeria time.
The attack described as the most audacious, caught the Joint Task Force off guard and has led to a total ban on human and vehicular movement in the state capital.
An official of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria based in Lagos who did not want to be named said the sect members did not succeed in an attempt to burn down the International Airport.
Efforts to get official comment from federal aviation officials proved abortive as they declined answering their phones.
Shocked by the monumental attacks around the Maiduguri Airport and other military facilities in Maiduguri town today Governor Kashim Shettima has imposed a 2- hour curfew in the state.
The statement issued on behalf of the governor by Secretary to Borno State Government, Alhaji Baba Ahmed Jidda sent to SaharaReporters stated that the action was carried out after due consultation with military authorities.