2014: How Boko Haram terrorised Damaturu


The so call fight and attack by the Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Liddawati Wal Jihad (popurlaly known as Boko Haram) has been intensifying following the recent attack in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State on the 1st December despite the State of Emergency Rule emforced by the Federal Government on the State.

It was an ontold hardship for the residents of Damaturu when the insurgents attack the town. Desert Herald correspondent gathered that the insurgents invade the town around 4:30am from the Gujba Road axis shooting and chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

According to a security source who spoke to our correspondent on phone said the insurgents drove into the town on more than 60 Hilux Van attacking the Yobe state university, police mobile base, federal road safety commission (FRSC) sector office and independent national electoral commission (INEC) office, all along the Gujba Road.

Musa Abbas, a student of Yobe State University said “my friends and I were about going to mosque when we heard gunshots and so we ran into the bush behind the back fence of the school for fear of not been attack by them but non of them entered the school enviroment only that they set the school administrative block ablazed and also ran with 7 school vehicles”.

It was also gathered that the insurgents also sets part of the INEC building ablazed and took eleven vehicles and they also opened fire on police and burnt their building in mobile base.

According to a Fire Service official who pleaded anonymity said the militant later proceeds to the state government house where they gained access to wawa hall and from there, the military intercepes and overcome the attack with however the help of the fighter jets who bombareded them including those who proceeds to attack the presidential lodge which is the headquater of the Joint Task Force (JTF).

It was also gathered a day after the attack that many corpses of the insurgents were seen littered on the streets of the town. When visited the hospital morge two days after the attack, officials there disclosed that more than 300 corpses were recovered since the attack which includes both the insurgents and residents who were victims of the attack.

It was also gathered that the airstrikes by the fighter jets really help in chasing the insurgents out of the town. On the other hand, the fighter jets in the cause of fighting the insurgents destroyed some houses at Ajari ward and Sabon Pegi when the Insurgents tried to attack the resident house of Governor Ibrahim Geidam.

A resident of Afganistan along Potiskum road who also pleaded anonymity disclosed that the militant group also took over the military check point along the Potiskum road Welcome to Damaturu to block fleeing residnets and killed the selected male among them.

Hajiya Da’iya also a resident along Gashua road disclosed that thousands of residents were seen leaving the town which majority of them explained that they have to leave so as not to be part of the so called “Shekau’s Caliphate”.


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