Many feared killed, hundreds flee to Sambisa, as Boko Haram insurgents invade Borno LGA

Suspected armed members of Boko Haram terrorists have invaded the Council headquarters of Damboa in Borno state shooting sporadically as they engaged troops locations.

Damboa is about 85-kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the State capital located near the centre of the Sambisa Forests, in the Southern-Borno senatorial district.

Due to the closing of the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu 185 kilometre road, the resilient people living in the council area have to spend more than 450 km drive before accessing Damboa and Maiduguri.

According to sources, the insurgents stormed the community at about 5:30 pm and open fire sporadically forcing many residents to flee into the bushes of Sambisa Forest for safety, stressing that many were feared dead and injured including the terrorists, with properties set ablaze.

The District Head of Damboa, Zanna Lawan Maina, who spoke to newsmen in Maiduguri, confirmed the Boko Haram invasion into Damboa, but insisted that he could not have details yet, as the only telecommunication service (Airtel) was not clear enough for accessing communication with residents.

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