AFRICANGLOBE – Many people were reportedly killed late Friday in an attack on Damaturu, the capital of Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state by Muslim terrorists linked to Boko Haram.
“Heavy shooting and shelling by suspected Boko Haram fighters were heard all around us and we remained indoors throughout. Later we heard siren by the army and shouts,” Musa Bulama, a local resident, told reporters on Saturday.
“This morning, we have counted about 10 and security agents told us many people are injured,” he said.
Grace Akanji, another resident, said heavy gunfire was heard in most parts of Damaturu at about 6p.m. on Friday.
“The sound of bomb explosion was immediately followed by sporadic gunshots. We heard the militants came from Babban Gida town where they had reportedly killed some people.” she said by phone.
Hamid Waziri, a petty trader, said the shooting started along the western axis of Gujba road within the metropolis, same area where the insurgents invaded the town last month.
At least 20 people and about 200 militants were killed when Boko Haram militants attacked Damaturu on December 1.
Waziri said that insurgents were probably on revenge mission.
“We heard Boko Haram had vowed to attack Damaturu again after some hunters and vigilante men burst their camp in a village around the Gujba area early in the week and seized their weapons and arrested some of them,” he said.
The latest attack came amid reports of heavy casualties in the fishing town of Baga in neighboring Borno state last week when militants overrun a military base there.
Thousands of people have reportedly fled the town and its environs.
The Nigerian government said the military is already “responding” to the Boko Haram offensive in Baga.