Two female suicide bombers have attacked Maiduguri again near a market where they killed several people last week.
The Street Journal had earlier reported that the heavy attack on Damaturu, Capital of Yobe State was simultaneously launched alongside the Boko Haram attack near a military cantonment in Maiduguri this morning. It was learnt that the two female bombers carried the explosives in the back of their hijab dress, arrived a hair braiding salon and blew themselves up as a female civilian-JTF operatives made to search them.
Meanwhile, normalcy has started returning to Damaturu, capital of Yobe state as security personnel who engaged Boko Haram insurgents in fierce battle are reported to have gained an upper hand.
The insurgents were said to have retreated while unable to withstand the fire power of the military, although fear heightened that they may return in a most unexpected manner just as they did in Mubi, Adamawa State.
There have been mass movement of residents of Damaturu out of town as many of them are reported to be heading towards Potiskum, Gashua and Gussau in Zamfara Sate for Succour.
The insurgents had laid siege on Damaturu since the early hours of Monday and had wreaked havoc by burning down police station and military barracks in the city as well as telecommunication masts.
According to fresh reports, the insurgents had detonated several bombs most especially along the Gujba road before advancing to the Mobile telecommunication masts which they set ablaze.
One of the residents said, “I was performing ablution to say my early morning prayers when a loud blast went off and shooting continued,”.
“We all ran into the bush but we can see the mobile base in flames and shootings are still on.”
Resident of a three- bed room estate along Gujba road confirmed that the attackers raided the area shooting and detonating explosives.
“We can see thick smokes going up and hearing intermittent shootings,” a resident said.
Students of the Yobe state University told our correspondent that they managed to escape to the bush from their hostels but they could not confirm if the schools was torched.
Many residents of the town close to the area of attacks have started fleeing in droves through the Gashua road.
Meanwhile, a fighter jet from the Nigerian Air force is said to have arrived to provide aerial cover for the troops battling the insurgents.
Gujba and Gulani Local Government areas have been under Boko haram control since July this year.