Monday, 1 December 2014

Boko Haram: UPDATE on Damaturu attack; Explosions, gunfire in Damaturu, as Military Battles Boko Haram

Explosions and gunfire rocked Damaturu, capital of Yobe state on Monday, in a suspected Boko Haram attack that targeted police, residents said.

Residents say an Air Force jet has arrived Damaturu and is engaging the Boko Haram insurgents but police say they are still under siege from the Islamist sect.

The militants, who have been waging a five-year rebellion to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, have conducted similar dawn raids and attacked Damaturu before.

Umar Sada, who lives in the Gujba Road area of the city, said the latest raid happened at about 4:45 am (0345 GMT).

“I was awoken by huge blasts and the sound of heavy gunfire around the mobile police barracks,” he said.

“The gunmen came in numbers. They have burnt down the police barracks. They are now advancing towards two housing estates…"

“We have left our home. We are now in the bush. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Another local resident, a government official who asked not to be identified, said: “It’s chaos all over the town."

“All I can hear is explosions and gunfire from my house. I couldn’t go out for morning prayers because this started before dawn and I’m afraid to leave in case I get caught up in it.”


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