A Chinese-built CS/VP3 BigFoot MRAP of the Nigerian Army leads a convoy of soft-skinned utility trucks into a theatre of operations in Northeastern Nigeria.
PHOTO CREDIT: DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS (NIGERIA)
VOICE OF NIGERIA
10 January, 2015
Normalcy is gradually returning to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital,after unknown gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorists’ group carried out coordinated attacks on the town on Friday night.
“Things are gradually taking shape as the gunshots and sounds of explosive devices have ceased,” a resident said.
Heavy artillery sounds and sporadic gunshots rained throughout the night with the continuation of isolated shooting this morning in the troubled north-east state.
Although authorities are yet to confirm the level of destruction inflicted on the town during the attacks, residents said the Police “A” division, the state Area Command and the Police Officers Mess all located in the heart of the town were all burnt down by the terrorists.
They also confirmed that the Izala mosque and some shopping
complexes at the Damaturu motor park were also set ablaze during the invasion.
Security forces had before yesterday’s attack,invaded Gujba and Gulani areas of the city, believed to be strongholds of the insurgents with the recovery of some arms and ammunition. The situation was said to have made the insurgents mobilize and attack Damaturu in a reprisal attack.
Since the recent attacks in some major towns of Yobe State, residents have continued to live in fear of more attacks by the insurgents. Yesterday’s attack started late in the evening around 8:00 pm local time, as residents kept scrambling for safety after heavy artillery and sustained sounds of gunshots were heard across town with more intensity around the southern part of the town.
Although security forces have not confirmed the casualty figure after
yesterday’s attack, hospital sources said one corpse was brought to the morgue on Saturday morning. The insurgents had on December 1 2014 attacked Damaturu, the state capital, with the aim of capturing the Government House, but were successfully repelled by the military.