Gombe under Boko Haram attack

FILE PHOTO: An attack on Gombe motor park in October 2014

Gombe, the capital of Gombe state, is under attack by Boko Haram terrorists.

The insurgents, according to witnesses from Gombe, are currently being repelled by soldiers some three kilometres away from the town.

A source from Gombe, Mallam Hassan, told PREMIUM TIMES on phone that “we’ve all rushed back to our homes now. our town is under attack; we heard that Boko Haram terrorists, in their hundreds, are trying to invade the town”.

“Everywhere is quiet now, but the sounds of shooting and explosion is deafening. We hear the soldiers are battling to stop them”.

Another resident of the town said the sect members are engaged in exchange of fire with a combined team of Nigerian military and mobile police force in Linji village, on the outskirts of Gombe.

A resident, Ahmed Hamza, told PREMIUM TIMES that some young men from Dadin Kowa town earlier informed him that the sect members ‎are attacking their town.

“We can hear sounds of gunshots from a distance and everybody has gone indoors now,” he said.

Another source who declined to be named for security reasons also said the insurgents headed towards the Army Barracks along Dadin Kowa road when the Nigerian Army troop engaged them while a detachment of mobile police officers provided back up.

The spokesperson of the Police in the state, Fwaje Atajiri, could not be reached for comments at time of this report.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has repeatedly attacked the town bombing bus stations and other locations.

Saturday’s attack is coming less than two weeks after a suicide bomber struck in the city shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan campaigned.

Mr. Jonathan was in Gombe for a rally that February 2, when a female suicide bomber struck shortly after the campaign train departed.

The female suicide bomber and a passerby died in the attack, while six persons were injured, the police said at the time.

In December, the Nigerian military said it killed 67 of the insurgents, who, in a convoy of over 30 vehicles and motorcycles, were on a mission to capture Ashaka, another Gombe town, the host community of Ashaka Cement Plant, were

The defence headquarters, which admitted losing 10 soldiers in the battle, said troops got intelligence report on their mission and laid ambush for them.

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  • PROF

    May god have mercy on the people of Gombe !

    • bib


      • amb.

        Ade think wisely, may Allah protect our people in Gombe, Ameen.

  • Ahmad

    It’s quite terrible. Action took place not far from where I leave. This attack is taking place the day we were supposed to be electing a new government. An election the NA say they can’t guarantee it’s taking place. Too much of a coincidence if I may say.

    • Ade

      Is not coincidence Ahmed. Islamic ideology is too dangerous for any society. Is time we amend our constitution to remove sharia law from it. So that we can have real secular society that belong to everyone and

      • Musa Abdul

        What has sharia law got to do with was is happening? These people do not believe in your constitution, It is your kind that are always creating confusion in religion. The use of shari’a law in the constitution is a choice even to the muslims. Why do you hate islam that much?

      • Ahmad

        Ode! Koni da fuen.

  • Jimoh

    Boko haram sited in Dadin kowa and Kwodom villages about 20miles from the city of Gombe the state capital. They ware said to be giong from house to house. A close friend of mine whose office is in Dadinkowa on reaching him on phone relted the fact from their hide out in the bush. I can hear sporadic gun shorts continuosly as at now.
    The army are said to be on their way while it was also relaid that fighter jet has just been sited hovering around.
    We need your prayers

    • Oshodi

      Here’s why BH are committing the atrocities: Quote by Sir Winston Churchill:

      “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

      A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

      Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome. “

      • J A

        Where did u get dis idea frm? Do u really sit down and make a research about islam? D answer is no. Because if u did, u wouldn’t hav been writing all dis rubbish. Pls frm nw henceforth, dnt criticized smbdy if u dnt hav idea who he really is. And d Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) u r criticising is d last messenger sent to all mankind whether u lyk it or nt, Jesus christ(PBUH) is only sent to d pple of isreal, and u r nt frm isreal, so u r jst wasting ur tym waiting for Him to cme, mark my word u wil b dissappointed wen Jesus christ come.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    why is it that Nigerian military never go for offensive attack against boko haram?