Several feared dead in Damaturu gun battle

The police in Damaturu, Yobe State, this morning began search and recovery of bodies, and perhaps, rescue of survivors of the deadly battle that engulfed the city late Monday.

The state commissioner of police, Moses Onireti, said one police officer has been confirmed dead and four others injured in the attack.

The commissioner, who spoke on a Radio Nigeria call in program, Police Diary, said the casualty from the battle is still unclear.

There are fears that several people were killed in the battle that raged for hours between the extremist Boko Haram sect and security agencies.

Mr. Onireti said the security agencies would go round the city to ascertain casualty rate and pick up bodies of those felled in the attack, which targeted police and JTF bases on Potiskum Road.

He said the battle was triggered by the Boko Haram sect who deployed massive force targeting the police and the army in the city.

The battle started about  5.00pm and lasted into the night. 

As at 10 p.m. last night, residents of the city still reported explosions and gunfire.

The Boko Haram sect, residents in contact with PREMIUM TIMES said, also targeted the state’s seat of power, the government house, in the attacks.

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