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Just 20 hours after the assassination of Major-General Mamman Shuwa in Maiduguri, gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram sect members, at the weekend, attacked Damboa town (87 kilometres south of Maiduguri) with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), torching the council secretariat complex, 20 houses and a fire station.

The multiple attacks left three people feared dead. A fire service officer was killed, along with two security guards, while attempting to put off the fire.

According to Madu Usman, a resident, the gunmen came in four unmarked vehicles, chanting “God is great,” and matched to the Damboa Secretariat Complex and housing estate throwing explosives and petrol-bomb at the buildings.

The security guards fled the scene, but two of them reportedly died of gunshot wounds in the leg and chest.

The Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe State had earlier commended residents for “fully cooperating” with the security force in the fight against terrorism by providing timely/useful information and other intelligence tip-offs.

The JTF communicated this through a press statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Lt. Lazarus Eli, in Damaturu.

The statement reads in part: “to give more people of Yobe the opportunity to contribute in making the State more secure by providing information to the JTF, the Task Force finds it necessary to provide the following additional telephone numbers. For Damaturu residents, they could use-08028403709, 08185079293 and 08062449089; while for Potiskum residents, the numbers to use are; 08175436247 and 08183982219.”

Eli described Damaturu and Pokistum as the two centres of the Boko Haram religious sect in the State. [GN]

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