On Tuesday, in Damaturu Yobe State Capital, Boko Haram sect launched a new attack. The attack made soldiers to turn back vehicles, as no movement was allowed in the area.
As the military engaged the insurgents who have tried to enter Damaturu through Maisandari, a settlement on the outskirts of the town, many of the residents were forced to stay indoors
Some of the residents of Maisandari, who spoke to our correspondent, said the attackers came through the eastern part of the town and started shooting sporadically.
One of them, Yusuf Maina, said he saw the assailants coming into the area in Hilux vans, which had anti-aircraft guns.
He said, “Immediately we saw them, we had to scamper for safety.”
Maina, who spoke at 6pm, said, “We can still hear an exchange of gunfire and we surely need your prayers.”
Some of the residents of Damaturu, confirmed on the telephone to our correspondent that they saw heavily armed soldiers in four armoured personnel carriers and many Hilux vans advancing towards Maisandari, from where the insurgents were said to have entered the town.
One of the residents, Bukar Alamin, said the shooting was first heard at about 5pm. He said some suspected Boko Haram members attempted to invade the Red Bricks Housing Estate along Maiduguri Road.
He said there were heavy sounds of gunshots and explosions and that a fighter jet was seen hovering over Damaturu around 5.30pm. As of the time of filing this report, the military authorities were believed to be writing a statement on the attack.
A high ranking officer of the police in the state, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, confirmed the attack.
Recall that the insurgents had attacked the state in January.