Scores of military and police troops are feared dead in Damboa town, Borno State, where Islamists militants yesterday stormed military and police locations, a security source said today.
Radical Boko Haram militants stormed the 33 Armoured Brigade, Damboa and the Divisional Police Station on Friday afternoon firing high calibre weapons and IEDs, the military source said on condition of anonymity.
"At least 10 soldiers and police officers were killed and several injured."
The source said the militants also targeted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), adding that four other policemen and the DPO died. "Over dozen of the militants were also killed," the source also said.
Hundreds of the Dambua residents were said to have fleed to Biu and Maiduguri because of the way the militants successfully destroyed military hardware in Damboa.
Communication with Damboa residents are currently very difficult as GSM services have been cut off from the area for months following the incessant attacks of the militants on telecommunication facilities.
The Borno State Police Command confirmed yesterday’s attack but said it lacked speficics.
The public relations officer of the command, Gideon Jubrin, told newsmen, "There was an attack in Damboa but we haven't got details from the area [yet]. I can't tell you anything for now."
As reported earlier by SaharaReporters, five people were also on Friday killed in a bomb blast in Konduga village, about 30 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.