Boko Haram: Troops Battle Terrorists In Damaturu
Boko Haram: Troops Battle Terrorists In Damaturu

Damaturu, Yobe State witnessed a heavy gun battle on Tuesday evening when Boko Haram terrorists engage the Nigerian troop in a bid to capture the state capital.

The attack which started at about 5.30 pm saw fear-struck residents of Maisandari and Red Bricks Housing Estate of the metropolis took cover as the attack lasted for about an hour.

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A resident of Red Bricks, Ibrahim Usman told The Nation that he was hiding in his house but enmeshed with fears as he was over-hearing sporadic gunshots and heavy blasts from outside the estate.

He said he heard the sound of a fighter Jet apparently pursuing the insurgents.

“I can hear heavy blasts like bombs and sporadic gunshots from my house. We are all hiding inside. I can also hear the sound of Air force Jet. We need prayers to stop this nonsense,” Usman said.

Modu, another resident from Maisandari also confirmed hearing sounds of gunshots from his house where he is hiding.

A security source who craved anonymity said that the entire town was on red alert due to the incident, adding that soldiers had been deployed to nip the attack in record time to prevent the insurgents from infiltrating the town to cause havoc.

“Our guys got wind of the attack and have moved in swiftly to quell it in record time to avoid any escalation in the town. But what I can tell you is that the entire town is put under red alert,” the source said.