Militants suspected to be Boko Haram attacked Damasak, a Nigerian border town in Borno State on Monday ,according to Reuters .The report said the insurgents set fire to houses and killed yet to be determined number of people.
Residents of the town are believed to be fleeing to safe areas,a development that will worsen the growing number of internally displaced persons since the insurgency started .
Recounting how the attack began ,Bukar Aji told Reuters, “The insurgents came at about 9.00 am and fired shots into houses to force people out. They are still there up till now and still firing shots. Many people may have died. I am talking to you now from the bush”
Musa Himma, a resident, said some 15 people alone had drowned trying to swim to safety across a river.
A military source was quoted as having said ,”They came back today in large numbers, but our troops cannot curtail them”
Meanwhile ,Reuters also noted that in close to 100 people have been killed in various attacks by the militants in the last one week in Borno state.
Insurgents have continued to launch attacks ,sacking villages and towns in the north east despite the emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s attempt to secure another extension of the emergency rule appears stymied at the National Assembly.The Senate last week failed to approve the extension.And an attempt Speaker Aminu Tambuwal to reconvene last Thursday was marked by heavy police invasion of the National Assembly premises.
Senate President David Mark had to order the closure of the National Assembly amid the rain of tear gass and commotion in the House Representatives.
As the politicians bicker over what next step to take, Boko Haram insurgents keep launching attacks, killing innocent Nigerians in the north east..