Residents Flee as Boko Haram Attacks Yobe Town

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday attacked Katarko town, some 20 kilometres to Yobe state capital, Damaturu, and set houses ablaze.

A resident, who escaped the attack, revealed that the marauding insurgents drove through the eastern part of the town around 5:05pm in a convoy of three RPG laden Hilux vans.

He said upon arrival, they began sporadic shootings and set houses ablaze, adding that “both residents and security operatives have now fled to safe locations”, Daily Trust writes.

“As we are talking, I don’t know the condition of my wives and children because they ran and left me while trying to pick my 7-year-old boy from the house,” he said.

Another resident that fled to Kasaisa village said he ran out of town amid intense shooting and confirmed seeing thick smoke in the air.

“I attempted to enter Damaturu but the military men at the checking point forced me to return. But, I saw military reinforcement heading to Katarko now,” he said.

Katarko town in Gujba local government area had suffered a deadly Boko Haram attack on July 27, 2014, which claimed several lives and over hundred women and children were abducted.

This latest attack comes after a series raids on communities in the northeast that have left hundreds killed and settlements sacked.

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