Boko Haram gunmen have yet again killed many people in an attack on the town of Damboa in Borno State, throwing explosives into residential homes and shooting dead civilians who tried to surrender, an official said Friday.
“The insurgents attacked the town from evening on Thursday to the early hours of today,” said the official in Damboa’s local government who requested anonymity.
“He Revealed they killed many people.
Women and children fled into the bush,” he added.
“Those who could not flee surrendered and were killed by the insurgents,” he added.
The militants attacked a police station and an army camp in Damboa on July 6, chasing the security forces out of the town, which has been one of the hardest-hit areas in Boko Haram’s five-year extremist uprising.
Damboa residents have been left unguarded since the previous attack, the official and witnesses said.
Resident Ahmed Buba said the assailants stormed as locals were preparing to break the Ramadan fast at sundown.
“We were defenceless because all the security personnel, including soldiers and policemen, have withdrawn,”he said