Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe State

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe StateSuspected members of the Boko Haram terror group have launched attack at a military base in Sasawa town of Yobe state in northeast Nigeria.

Sasawa is an agrarian community in Damaturu Local Government Area and is located 27 kilometers north of Damaturu the Yobe state capital.

Witnesses told Channels Television that the terrorists came to the town in five pickup vans around 6:00PM on Sunday and launched an attack on the military base before carrying out a coordinated attack on the town.

The source informed that after over powering the security operatives in the town, the insurgents went on burning houses and destroying facilities in the town.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sumonu Abdulmaliki, who confirmed the incident, could not give further details as he said “the town has no any means of communication at the moment and I don’t have any details of the current situation.

“All I can confirm to you is that Sasawa came under attack yesterday by the insurgents but there is no further details for now”.

This incident came barely four weeks after the insurgents attacked a military formation in Buniyadi the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

A Sasawa resident who pleaded anonymity informed Channels Television that security forces have since mobilized and were after the insurgents who are well known to be operating in the suburb of Sasawa community.

“We have been seeing these people in our bushes as we go out to farm and we have been informing security forces located in our community but to our greatest dismay, they could not go after them.

“Since securities (agents) are aware of their whereabouts, it is expected that the insurgents should be confronted in their hideouts rather than allowing them to attack our community any time they so wish,” the source said.

The source claimed that a security personnel and a civilian JTF were killed during the attack which lasted for over four hours.

Sunday’s attack has brought a renewed fear into the minds of Damaturu residents as well as other nearby communities like Babbangida, Mafa, Damakasu, Ngamdu, Benisheikh, Biriri among others.

Military Confirms Death Of Nine In Borno Suicide Bombing

Bomb-blastThe military in Nigeria has confirmed the death of nine persons in a suicide bombing in Benisheikh, Borno State, carried out by three minors between ages 10 and 15.

In a statement, a military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the three suspected suicide bombers went into Benisheikh, Borno State at about 8.30pm.

“They were spotted by ever vigilant Borno State Youth Empowerment Scheme (Civilian JTF) who suspected something fishy about them,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman said that one of the suicide bomber was laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

“While the Civilian JTF was in the process of screening the suspect following the necessary drills and precautions, the carrier detonated the IED that led to the death of nine people while 24 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The bodies have been evacuated and all those injured are receiving medical attention.

“The security agencies have intensified patrols and security checks in the area,” the statement further read.

While condemning the act, the military commiserated with the families of those that lost their lives and the injured.

It further reiterated the need for more security consciousness and vigilance by all especially during the yuletide and New Year holidays.

The military confirmation of the attack came just as another suicide bomb attack was reported in Maiduguri.

Earlier report said at least 37 persons were injured in the attack in Benisheikh, a village barely 75 kilometers to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

Authorities of the General Hospital in Maiduguri on Monday said that all casualties were currently receiving treatment.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram sect is largely suspected, as the terrorist group has carried out similar attack in the past.

The Borno State Government recently commenced rebuilding of Benisheikh town ravaged by Boko Haram even as villagers initially displaced are beginning to return home.