Smoke rising from the scene of bombing, from previous Boko Haram attack

Gombe State government has imposed 24 hour curfew following Boko Haram militants’ attempt to overrun its capital Gombe today.

Reports say that Boko Haram stormed security checkpoints on the edge of Gombe city today, and burned down structures as they fought with the 301 Artillery Regiment in a battle that lasted for several hours.

Residents, who mostly remained indoors and out of the way of stray bullets, still felt panicked even hours after fighting between Boko Haram and the military stopped.

The terrorists also invaded Dadin Kowa town, which is about 40 kilometers from Gombe.

"They were sharing pamphlets warning people to stay away from voting in the coming elections the insurgents entered the town with no resistance and were sharing pamphlets containing messages urging residents not to vote in the coming elections." Residents who fled to nearby bush said they were watching from the distance, seeing bellowing smoke from some of the homes and shops they had set ablaze."

The soldier normally at checkpoints between Borno and Gombe States, where Boko Haram entered, had been evacuated since last Thursday.

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