Fresh Explosions, Gunshots Rock Damaturu

Damaturu UPDATE: Gunfire and explosions broke out in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu on Saturday, shortly after a dusk-to-dawn curfew came into force, residents said.

“Explosions and gunshots have been going on in this neighbourhood for over an hour,” said Abdullahi Musa, a civil servant. “We still don’t know what the target is because the shooting started shortly after curfew,” he added.

Another resident of the same area, a neighbourhood called Nyanya, offered a similar account.

“We are frightened due to the blasts and gunfire. We don’t know what is happening because we are indoors… We pray we stay safe,” said Safiya Mahmud, a housewife.

Separate attacks were also reported in two other Damaturu neighbourhoods, but details were not immediately available.

Nigerian authorities on June 19 slapped a round-the-clock curfew on Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, after suspected Boko Haram Islamists launched coordinated gun attacks on targets around the city.

The curfew was relaxed after soldiers and police reclaimed control of the streets in an offensive that left at least 40 people dead, including 34 alleged Boko Haram members.

Earlier report…

Report reaching us says gunshots and explosions were Saturday evening heard in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

Residents of Nyanya, a suburb in the heart of Damaturu reported the attack.

Men of the Joint Task Force are said to have been deployed to the troubled location and are trying to repel the attackers.

Details later…

  1. Joseen Reply

    Lord have mercy

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