10 October 2011
A military spokesman denied soldiers had carried out abuses and said the bomb blast in the violence-torn city of
set off a fire fed by petrol canisters along the roadside that took three hours to douse. Maiduguri
"We have been forced to abandon our homes by shooting and burning of homes and vehicles by soldiers following the attack on their patrol vehicle," one resident said by phone. "Everybody is fleeing."
Another resident gave a similar account.
It was not the first time the military has been accused of abuses in
, where thousands of residents have previously fled fearing further violence by Islamists and reprisals by soldiers. Maiduguri