Gunmen, security operatives in shoot-out in Damaturu

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

Gunmen, believed to be members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect on Sunday took on security operatives who had ventured into their Bindigari area stronghold on routine patrol.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe, confirmed the shootout while the duel was still on, describing it as “usual”.

Mr. Egbuniwe said the gunmen fired at the security operatives when they went to the area on security patrol.

“Gunmen as usual, have engaged our security operatives in a shoot-out,” he said.

The battle extended into the mid morning and the police commissioner could not confirm casualty figure as at the time of this report.

 “The operation is still on in the area, so we can not confirm casualties yet. Other parts of the town are, however, calm and security operatives are on top of the situation,’’ Mr. Egbuniwe stated.

Meanwhile, many residents have deserted the streets of the city for safety.

Six soldiers and one civilian were killed on Aug. 5 in a suicide bomb attack along Gashua road in Damaturu.


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