Scores missing as Boko Haram insurgents recapture Borno LG
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
March 16, 2021
Boko Haram Islamic insurgents have repossessed Damasak, the Headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area Council of Borno State after they reportedly dislodged the Nigerian security forces in the area.
Damasak, a fringe town with the Niger Republic is about 160 kilometers, north of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital which had suffered countless attacks from the terrorist groups.
A report, although not yet confirmed, alleged that a United Nations Chopper was shot at by terrorists in the area.
Sources said that the terrorists stormed the Damasak village on Sunday evening, in a convoy of gun trucks loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and Rocket Propelled Grenades, which they used to subdue the military troops at their Base before conquering the town, as hundreds of residents were trapped and others fled for their safety.
This is happening just as residents of Khadamari village in Jere Local Government Area of the state had a sleepless night following Boko Haram invasion and looting of livestock and foodstuffs.
According to reports, scores of insurgents were overwhelmed, some security agencies civilians were said to have lost their lives, and many missing in the Damasak invasion.
A security authority who pleaded anonymity had yesterday revealed that “There is a signal that Boko Haram terrorists are gaining control and maintaining a presence in Damasak town after the attack on the military formation in the town.
“It is most likely they will target the United Nations (UN) humanitarian hub if they are not urgently checked by the military. The incident may affect helicopter service to the town tomorrow (today).”
Every effort to contact DSP Edet Okon, the Police Public Relations Officer Borno State Command for confirmation, proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.