UPDATE: A police source has just told us that nine soldiers and one mobile police officer is feared dead in the afternoon attack on the security patrol team in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Read our earlier post below.
Toyin Gbadegeshin, Yobe Police Command Public Relations Officer, on Sunday confirmed an attack on security patrol team in Damaturu by gunmen.
The police spokesman said “the gunmen laid ambush on a security patrol team using explosive devices around Shagari low cost housing area”.
He said some military personnel in the targeted patrol vehicle were injured and rushed to hospital for treatment.
Some the injured security operatives, including police and military personnel, are feared dead.”There were also gunshots reported around the ‘A’ division police station.”We are still working to collect the details of the incident,” the police spokesperson said.
Members of the extremist Boko Haram sect are believed to be behind the attack.
A suicide bomber had on Friday attempted to blow up the Mosque where the Emir of Potiskum, Mohammadu Ibn Abbali offerred prayers in which the bomber died instantly while seven others including policemen were injured.
Meanwhile, The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) has faulted media reports on bombardments in Maiduguri.
JTF Field Commander, Col. Victor Ebhaleme, stated this in Maiduguri on Sunday in an interview with newsmen.
“The issue of bombardment in Maiduguri is totally untrue, because nothing like that has happened.
“I have been in charge of this operation since it began and we never had any bombardments,’’ Ebhaleme said.
He pointed out, however, that the JTF had embarked on massive cordon and search operations for hidden weapons in parts of Maiduguri city.
“What happened is that the JTF had conducted cordon and search operation in search of weapons in some areas.
“We conducted the operation in many areas especially near the Shehu of Borno palace, and we recovered lots of hidden arms,” Mr. Ebhaleme said.
The JTF field commander, who declined to give the exact number of arms recovered, said that the exercise was ongoing.
Mr. Ebhaleme, who also decried claims of multiple blasts in the city, stressed that the JTF was in control and appealed to the citizens to go about their lawful businesses.