Boko Haram: Over 150 killed in Damaturu attack – emergency services

Boko Haram: Over 150 killed in Damaturu attack – emergency services

More than 150 people, including 38 police, died in a Boko Haram raid on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, police, a rescue official and a health worker told AFP on Wednesday.

Boko Haram killed in Bama
Boko Haram killed in Bama

A senior rescue official and a medical source at the city’s Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital said 115 bodies were brought to the morgue after Monday’s attack, although it was not clear whether they were insurgents or civilians.

All 115 were in civilian clothing, but it was not certain whether they were all non-combatants, the sources said. Among the dead were two medical doctors, a staff member of the federal polytechnic in the Yobe state capital, and his two children.

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Six soldiers were also killed, the sources added. Emmanuel Ojukwu, spokesman for Nigeria’s federal police, said: “Out of the police, we have 38 deaths.”

Most of the police killed were at the mobile police base in the Gujba Road area of the city, Ojukwu said, confirming eye-witness testimony from residents that the facility was attacked.

One local man, Umar Sada, said at the time that the gunmen, who began their attack at about 4:45 am (0345 GMT) on Monday, burnt down the police barracks.

The heavy loss of life came after an increase in mass casualty attacks blamed on the militants, who have been fighting since 2009 to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

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Also on Monday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market in the Borno state capital, Maidiguri — less than a week after two other women killed more than 45 at the same location.

Last Friday, two suicide bombers and gunmen killed at least 120 worshippers at the central mosque in the northern city of Kano, which has been repeatedly hit by Boko Haram attacks in the past.

Neither the military nor the state government in Yobe said they were in a position to comment on the casualty figures when contacted by AFP.

But civilian vigilantes operating in Damaturu claimed on Monday that more than 40 Boko Haram gunmen had been killed in the fighting.

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The medical source said it was “likely” that most of the 115 were insurgents.

He added: “Rescue teams are still looking in the bush around the city for more bodies. It’s believed that people might have died from gunshot wounds while trying to flee.”

The senior rescue official said 78 people were injured. Of those 53 were treated and discharged.

 

5 Responses to "Boko Haram: Over 150 killed in Damaturu attack – emergency services"

  1. Ayo Kellany   December 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Haters keep hating while God keep blessing. To does that claim Buhari can’t solve Nigeria’s problem bcos he’s 72. Azikwe was president at 78. Awolowo contested at 74. Nelson Mandela was 76 when he ruled.

    They claim Buhari never built any refinery. Here is Buhari commissioning Warri refinery. Everybody know who built Kaduna refinery which is why his antagonist labeled him an ethnic bigot

    Buhari would solve all Nigeria problem in 4 years. I repeat all. There would be electricity. There would be refinery. Farming would be immediately introduced in the north n it would be the bedrock of our economy instead of crude oil.

    He would take away the right of PHCN given to PDP politician that can not even generate talk less of producing electricity. He has done it before he can do it again n he’d do it again in 2015 IJN

    Vote the man of integrity that was exporting petrol and earning foreign exchange money for Nigeria

    Vote for Buhari that never introduced fuel price increase / subsidy only to crown it with austerity

    Vote Buhari who paid of Nigeria loans upon becoming the president instead of borrowing billions of dollars to keep Nigeria indebted

    Vote for Buhari that ruled Nigeria for 18 months and there was no single communal or religious crises on any part of the country

    Vote for Buhari that never introduced sharia as a dictator. It was under PDP that sharia was introduced into Nigeria.

    Vote for Buhari that initiated two out of the three refineries we have in Nigeria that the clueless Jonathan/ PDP can not even maintain 1 talkles of building another refinery

    Vote Buhari that never increased fuel prices with a single kobo

    Vote for Buhari that jailed corrupt political thieves like Umaro Dikko, Senator Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Civilian Gov of Kano State n co.

    Vote for Buhari that crushed
    Maitatsine insurgence another boko haram founded by Maitatsine Marwa. Not minding they were Muslims in 1979 during Shagari rule and later got punished for not taking orders before crushing it.

    Vote Mohammudu Buhari that never devalued the naira. Jonathan Ebele has devalue naira to 180/$

    Vote for war against the indiscipline of stealing and corruption which Ebele Jonathan authorised in Nigeria

    Vote integrity. Do not vote for the thief that declared that stealing is not corruption.

    Reply
  2. Ayo Kellany   December 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Haters keep hating while God keep blessing. To does that claim Buhari can’t solve Nigeria’s problem bcos he’s 72. Azikwe was president at 78. Awolowo contested at 74. Nelson Mandela was 76 when he ruled.

    They claim Buhari never built any refinery. Here is Buhari commissioning Warri refinery. Everybody know who built Kaduna refinery which is why his antagonist labeled him an ethnic bigot

    Buhari would solve all Nigeria problem in 4 years. I repeat all. There would be electricity. There would be refinery. Farming would be immediately introduced in the north n it would be the bedrock of our economy instead of crude oil.

    He would take away the right of PHCN given to PDP politician that can not even generate talk less of producing electricity. He has done it before he can do it again n he’d do it again in 2015 IJN

    Vote the man of integrity that was exporting petrol and earning foreign exchange money for Nigeria

    Vote for Buhari that never introduced fuel price increase / subsidy only to crown it with austerity

    Vote Buhari who paid of Nigeria loans upon becoming the president instead of borrowing billions of dollars to keep Nigeria indebted

    Vote for Buhari that ruled Nigeria for 18 months and there was no single communal or religious crises on any part of the country

    Vote for Buhari that never introduced sharia as a dictator. It was under PDP that sharia was introduced into Nigeria.

    Vote for Buhari that initiated two out of the three refineries we have in Nigeria that the clueless Jonathan/ PDP can not even maintain 1 talkles of building another refinery

    Vote Buhari that never increased fuel prices with a single kobo

    Vote for Buhari that jailed corrupt political thieves like Umaro Dikko, Senator Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Civilian Gov of Kano State n co.

    Vote for Buhari that crushed
    Maitatsine insurgence another boko haram founded by Maitatsine Marwa. Not minding they were Muslims in 1979 during Shagari rule and later got punished for not taking orders before crushing it.

    Vote Mohammudu Buhari that never devalued the naira. Jonathan Ebele has devalue naira to 180/$

    Vote for war against the indiscipline of stealing and corruption which Ebele Jonathan authorised in Nigeria

    Vote integrity. Do not vote for the thief that declared that stealing is not corruption.

    Reply
  3. Sylvester Unique   December 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Where’s the Government? Or isn’t there one in Nigeria?

    Reply
  4. Happiness Victor   December 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Open fire or bombing

    Reply
  5. Ogunyebi Gbenga Ologba   December 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Hw come

    Reply

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