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Indigenes of Maiduguri, the capital town of troubled Borno State, were thrown into confusion and panic on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 as sporadic shooting boomed all over the community.

Parents and guardians rushed to pick their children and wards from schools and run for safety as residents thought the town was under terrorist attack.

The shooting reportedly lasted for about half an hour and had already changed the itineraries of many residents of the town.

The residents later discovered that the shooting was from the soldiers camp both Giwa and Maimalari barracks in the town, who wanted to evaluate their preparedness to challenge any form of attack on the town.

A military source however confirmed the shooting, and claim it had nothing to do with attacks by the Islamist insurgency group, Boko Haram.

He said the aim of the sporadic shooting was to scare away the Islamic militants from the town.

“Our troops are more than capable of defending Maiduguri,” he added as he advised residents to go about their regular business without fear or panic.

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