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- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 22:37
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
A combined team of the men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and State Security Service this evening foiled an attempt by heavily armed militant group suspected to be members of Boko Haram to seize the Yobe State House in Damaturu. There were severe casualties recorded from the attack, as security forces fiercely resisted the
insurgents, Elombah.com have learnt.
At least two explosions and sporadic gunshots hit parts of the Sabon Pegi area of the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, in Yobe state, in renewed attacks carried out by the Boko Haram Islamic sect, amid military spokesman said.
“We are on top of the situation, we have sent reinforcement from Maiduguri, and I can assure you that the situation is under control,” Victor Ebhaleme, field operations officer of a military joint task force in the region said by phone. He didn’t provide information about any casualties, and the police spokesman in Damaturu, Saliyu Adamu, didn’t respond to phone calls seeking comment.
An eye witness has it that the suspected moved toward the Yobe State seat of power in large numbers and tried in vain to overrun the security men on guard.