Yobe: Fresh Boko Attacks Claim 11 Lives in Damaturu
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, (THEWILL) – The nine month of relative peace enjoyed in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, was brought to an abrupt end on Sunday night as fresh attacks by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents resulted in the death of 11 persons, with nine others sustaining varying degrees of injuries .
The insurgents, who launched the attacks were said to have stormed the Government Secondary School, Damaturu and a military check point also in the town, unleashing terror on their targets.
Narrating their ordeal, some students, who survived the attack, said the hoodlums, numbering over a dozen, stormed their hostels some minutes after 9pm on Sunday and started shooting sporadically. They said they had to flee through the windows and doors of their hostels.
According to the students, some of them were held at gun point and forced to lead the gunmen to the teachers’ quarters when the two teachers were killed.
Spokesman of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe State, Lt. Eli Lazarus, while confirming the incident in a statement on Monday, said 11 persons were killed in the attacks.
The JTF spokesman also disclosed that three of the suspected Boko Haram members who launched the attacks were caught alive and are presently in the custody of the JTF.
He said two teachers and two of the terrorists were killed during the attacks, which equally led to the death of seven innocent students. He disclosed that three soldiers were critically injured in the clash that lasted for over five hours.
Medical Officer of the Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Dr. Salem M Umar, who also confirmed the incident, said 11 corpses were brought to the hospital as he confirmed that seven students of the G.S.S Damaturu, two teachers of the school and two Boko Haram members were brought in dead.
He added that six other students sustained varying degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.