By Michael Olugbode in MaiduguriÂ
The military has set up a four-man committee to investigate what could have been responsible for the high number of casualties during EasterÂ SundayÂ attack on Maiduguri.
Residents of the North-east were equally warned against coming out onto the streets anytime there is an exchange of fire between the military and the militants in order not to fall victim of a crossfire.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee to investigate the attack and advise on way to curb future reoccurrence, Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas said 29 persons, including a soldier was lost during the botched attack on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
He explained that the soldiers were able to ward off the threat of 10 suicide bombers who attempted to penetrate MaiduguriÂ on SundayÂ by gunning down seven of them.
He said the remaining three fled and could have been apprehended if not for the people that came out onto the streets during the attack and the insurgents detonated their bomb right in their midst killing 18 innocent citizens.
Nicholas regretted that the only soldier that was killed was as a result of him leaving the trenches to pick his phone that he was charging minutes before the insurgents launched the attack.