The dreaded Boko Haram sect struck again on Saturday in Damboa, about 87 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. Street Journal gathered that the attack took place early on Saturday morning. Gunmen reportedly opened fire on people who were observing their early morning prayers (Subhui) in a mosque.
The Acting Spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Captain Aliyu Danja who confirmed the incident issued a statement on behalf of the General Commanding Officer (GOC), in which it was disclosed that the insurgents sneaked into the town at about 4.30am on Saturday. The statement reads in part “the terrorists whose strength is unknown sneaked into the town at about 4.30am, attacked worshippers in a mosque and killed five of them who came to say their morning prayers.”
It was also contained in the statement that the terrorists set the palace of the District Head (Hakimi) as well as his house and some shops around the area.
Captain Danja stated that soldiers from the 7 Division intercepted the insurgents while the attack was going on, and subsequently engaged them in a shootout, killing 15 of the attackers while some of them “fled in disarray.”
Items recovered from the insurgents, according to the spokesman, include one rocket propelled grenade tube, two Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, five AK 47 rifles, a pick up van and assorted ammunition.
It was also contained in the statement that “the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army wishes to thank the general public for their resilience and efforts in providing timely and useful information to security agencies”, while also urging the people to be security conscious by “reporting any movement of unknown person/persons within their localities to the nearest army or security agencies.”