Boko Haram Dislodges Security Operatives, Retakes Damasak in Borno
Reports on Monday revealed that Boko Haram terrorists have dislodged the Nigerian security forces and retaken Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar local government area of Borno State.
Sources said the insurgents stormed the Damasak Sunday evening in a convoy of gun trucks loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, and Rocket Propelled Grenades used to overwhelm troops at their Base before taking control of the town, Vanguard reports.
The reports said hundreds of residents were trapped and others fled for safety, as residents of Khadamari village in Jere LGA of the state had a sleepless night following Boko Haram attacks to loot foodstuff and livestock.
The daily said unconfirmed reports indicated that scores of insurgents were neutralized while some security agencies and civilians were said to have lost their lives in the Damasak invasion.
The report quoted an unnamed security source to have said that: “There is a signal that Boko Haram terrorists are gaining control and maintaining presence in Damasak town after attack on the military formation in the town.
“It is most likely they will target the United Nations (UN) humanitarian hub if they are not urgently checked by the military. The incident may affect helicopter service to the town tomorrow (today). Recall that the spiritual leader of the Boko Haram terror group, Abubakar Shekau had through an audio message recently, threatened more attacks.”
Damasak, a border town with Niger Republic is about 160kilometres, north from Maiduguri, the state capital which had suffered several attacks from the terror groups.
Security operatives in Borno State are yet to issue any statement on the incidence.
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