Unspecified number of people of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State were feared dead when some gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram launched another attack on Friday.
It is exactly two week ago when some terrorists invaded Damboa town leaving several people dead, including the Commanding Officer of 195 Battalion and the Divisional Police Officer, DPO as well as 15 soldiers and 6 policemen.
The attack, our correspondent gathered, led to the setting ablaze of many houses, shops and public buildings, while many people sustained various degrees of injuries. A reliable source said, “this morning scores of people may have been killed following another deadly attack on residents in Damboa by Boko Haram gunmen who had a field day in the town.
Although, I also learnt that the arrival of Airforce fighter jet assisted in repelling the attackers, just as many of the terrorists may have lost their lives in the encounter,” he stated.
According to an official of the Nigeria Vigilance group who said he spoke with some of his men in the village, the gunmen invaded the villager at about 5am today and began the massacre.
He said a handful of youth vigilance group, known as Civilian-JTF and some few vigilance officials were available in Damboa to complement the efforts of the security forces in protecting the people there.
He added that the gunmen invaded the town using Toyota Hilux vehicles, motorcycles with anti aircraft guns, Rocket Propelled Launchers, Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, and petrol bombs targeting at security operatives and innocent civilians. He stressed that many people including the terrorists must have lost their lives as the incident was still ongoing at press time.
All effort to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin, proved abortive, but a top security personnel who is not authorised to speak to press confirmed the incident.
He pointed out that he was not in the position to give number of casualties, and however said, many people including the terrorists/ attackers were killed, while many houses and other public buildings were set ablaze.