Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday, returned to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital almost nine months after the last attack, killing seven students and two teachers, Military authority also said three of the attackers were gunned down.
The gunmen were said to have invaded Government Secondary School along Gashua road at about 9.15pm, shooting sporadically. They also headed for the teachers’ quarters and killed two of the teachers.
Apart from the 11 killed, three soldiers were critically injured in another clash with JTF, which lasted about five hours, a source said. He disclosed that three of the insurgents were arrested by JTF and “are presently in custody”.
Chief Medical Officer of the State’s Specialist Hospital, Dr. Salem M. Umar said 11 corpses were brought to the hospital. Among the corpses, according to him were seven boys identified as students of the GSS Damaturu, two teachers of the school and two others identified as members of the suspected Boko Haram.
Umar also stated that six students that sustained various degrees of injuries were brought to the hospital and “are currently receiving treatment”.
Three of the surviving students, Mohammed Ya’u (SS3), Abdulkadir Mohammed (SS2) and Goni Abubakar (SS1) told journalists that the insurgents “stormed their hostels few minutes after 9pm on Sunday and started shooting sporadically”.
In a similar occurrence No fewer than 22 people including students and fishermen might have died in revenge attack on a school and residents in Maiduguri by Boko Haram insurgents.
Some gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members were said to have attacked fishermen, local tea seller and some residents at Alau River near Maiduguri, killing about 13 people. Sources said the gunmen claimed they were on a revenge mission against some group of youths, who had been handing them over to security agencies in the area.