SOME unknown gunmen which is suspected to be Boko haram has launched a fresh attack on Damboa town, Borno State shooting five residents dead
before fleeing into the forest in Toyota Hilux vehicles and
Although many have fled the terror-hit town, some remained
saying they had nowhere to go. One of such is a 78-year-old
resident, who explained to Vanguard that five masked gunmen
attacked the locations where Boko Haram had earlier hoisted
their flags, which were later removed, and began to shoot.
“I was sitting under this tree near where one of the flags was
hoisted last Friday. I heard someone in mask chanting ‘God is
great’ in Arabic, before shooting sporadically at any person in
“They gunned down three people near the District Head’s
residence, while the other two were killed at a nearby
farmland. But they did not kill me because of my disability and
inability to defend myself in this destroyed and deserted
A resident that fled to Maiduguri, Habu Damboa also told
journalists yesterday that the Tuesday attack was triggered by
the removal of hoisted flags on Damboa road and the District
“These gunmen that killed five people could have been
informed that the hoisted flags had been removed last Sunday,
before the people fled to Biu and Maiduguri for their safety.
“Some of the old men and women, including disabled persons
in our town, refused to flee along with us,” he said.