Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, has again come under intense assault by suspected Boko Haram militants, barely a month after a similar attack killed many residents.
Residents and security operatives said the city is currently under heavy gunfire and multiple explosions forcing people to cringe in their homes.
Umar Haruna, a civil servant residing in Damaturu told PREMIUM TIMES that the city and its residents have come under attack again.
He said the attack started at about 8p.m.
“We are under attack; gun shooting everywhere in Damaturu…we dont know what to do now,” he said.
A top security officer of the State Security Service, SSS, who refused to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the development, told our correspondent via SMS that “Yes, there is an attack going on here and I believe the soldiers and the police are containing the attacks”.
The attack is the second in the last two months on Damaturu.
The insurgents had launched a heavy attack on the capital on December 1, targeting the government house.
The attack was successfully repelled by the Nigerian security forces.