Boko Haram blamed for Nigeria attack

By The Citizen

Suspected  Boko Haram  Islamists have stormed a town in northeast  Nigeria , opened fire on police and civilians and killed 11 people, residents and a local lawmaker told reporters on Friday.

The attack happened late Thursday in the town of Damboa in Borno State, Boko Haram’s stronghold and where Nigeria has imposed a state of emergency as it pursues an offensive against the insurgent group.

“The attack lasted until about midnight,” said Adamu Isah, a student who lives in Damboa. He said groups of gunmen opened fire on police and civilians and that “11 people died.”

He blamed the attack on “Boko Haram” fighters.

State lawmaker Ayamu Lawan Gwasha, who represents Damboa, confirmed the details, as did a local security official who requested anonymity.

Both Isah and the lawmaker spoke to reporters in Borno’s capital Maiduguri, roughly 85km from Damboa. Both said they had fled to the capital after the attack.

Details were slow to emerge and the area military spokesman could not be reached for comment because of a telephone blackout imposed by the military, an operational measure meant to block the Islamists from coordinating attacks.

The telephones have been down in Borno since May, when the state of emergency was declared.

The lawmaker said the town had been on high alert since last weekend, when 47 people were killed in the town of Konduga, also in Borno State, in a brutal attack that targeted Muslim worshipers gathering for morning prayers.