The all night explosions and gun shots in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, were caused by unknown gunmen who tried to rescue their colleague who was shot and arrested by a military patrol team, sources informed PREMIUM TIMES.
The arrested man was said to have been taken away by some military men after they were alerted that creepy looking men visited the residence of a retired Police commissioner.
“The men came to the house but were told the owner was not around, but somebody suspected that they were there for a sinister motive and alerted the joint task force,” a source in Damaturu said.
The source who did not want to be named said that when the soldiers arrived, they tried to arrest the men, but one of them who had a gun, engaged the soldiers in a gun battle that led to a shot in the leg.
The source said the soldiers decided to take the injured man to the hospital, but unknown to them, the gunmen were not alone as many more were already around the area, planning a coordinated attack.
“The soldiers were attacked by these gunmen on their way to the hospital and they (gunmen) started detonating the bombs they have already planted,” our source added.
The source added that the both the attackers and the soldiers got reinforcement that lead to an all-night ammo battle.
BOYCOTT THE GUNMEN
Health workers at the General Hospital in Yobe State refused to admit the gunmen into the hospitals. They feared that gunmen will turn the hospital into a “war zone”.
According to a source at the hospital, they could still hear “the sound of gunshots very close to the hospital gate”.
Meanwhile, Residents of Damaturu are still trapped in their houses.
A resident who appeared frightened spoke to Premium Times via the telephone in hush tones, saying “we are all afraid to go out because all one hears is gun shots and you don’t know where it is coming from”.
All efforts to reach the commander of the joint task force, JTF, in the state were unsuccessful.
The Yobe state government has however declared a 24 hour curfew in the state.