Dozens Feared Dead As Boko Haram Attacks State Capital in Coordinated Terror Campaign
ICC Note: The Boko Haram Islamists are waging a campaign of religious cleansing in Northern Nigeria in an effort to establish Sharia rule. Christians and non-Muslims have suffered severe persecution as a result. A recent military offensive held hopes of relief for the besieged civilians in the rebel areas, but this assault appears to have been a major effort by the Islamist to counter the gains of the military and regain the initiative. Yobe state is majority Muslim, but there is a notable Christian minority that has been specifically targeted for attack by Islamist.
10/28/2013 Nigeria (Daily Trust via AllAfrica.com) – Dozens, including soldiers, police, civilians and insurgents had been killed on Thursday when gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram launched multiple attacks in various locations in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
The development led to the imposition of dusk-to-dawn curfew by the military authorities. The curfew was later reviewed to commence from 4pm to 7am daily across the state, starting from today.
Residents of Damaturu said the attacks started around 5.30pm of Thursday and fighting between insurgents and security forces continued till around 1am of yesterday.
“It was a coordinated onslaught by the insurgents. They divided themselves into so many groups. No one can tell you how many people have been killed, but the truth is the casualty must be high,” a resident who narrowly escaped said.
Security sources told Weekly Trust that some of the areas attacked include the headquarters of the 233 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Kukareta located on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road; the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office, police area command office, Mobile Base and C Division police station all along Gujba road, Damaturu. Many checkpoints, public buildings and private residential quarters were also attacked.