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300 Militants Killed in Yobe Attack

December 2, 2014

More than 100 Boko Haram members may have been killed in Damaturu, following Monday’s deadly attack on the Yobe State capital.

That number could be even higher, as the Hausa service of the BBC is reporting over 300 members of the militia to have died in the battle.


Our correspondent also learned that thirty three Nigerian policemen and some medical personnel are among those who died in the violence. 

The Islamic militants, who arrived in many utility vehicles and motorcycles, deployed many deadly weapons in the onslaught.  They burnt down several blocks of buildings at the State University, the MOPOL base, some public schools and many other places.   

A hospital source said that over a hundred corpses killed by the military were brought to the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu.

She added that some military men and police officers who were injured were also brought in for treatment. 

Resident Bukar Yakubu, who spoke to SaharaReporters from Yobe expressed appreciation of the courage of the military.  “They really tried even though it was not easy but they killed more than 100 and some of them were captured today," he stated.

The BBC report said that Nigerian soldiers were jubilating in Damaturu over the victory. 

It would be recalled that the Yobe state government yesterday issued a statement in which it commended the military for a great job of repelling the insurgents.

Governor Ibrahi Gaidam also thanked residents for their support and cooperation with security agents and urged them to continue to support the security efforts till the insurgency is brought to an end.

No official confirmation of the casualty figures had been given as of the time of filling this report.