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Boko Haram attacks Yobe town, engages troops in fierce gun battle

Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday September 26, attacked Babangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government council of Yobe State.

Security and local sources said the insurgents, who attacked Babangida, said to be about 50km north-east of Damaturu, the state capital, engaged troops of Operation Hadin Kai in a fierce gun battle.

According to Premium Times, Adamu Gidado, a resident of Babangida, who escaped from the town to Damaturu at the start of the exchange of fire, said many residents fled to the bush to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Gidado said; “People in Babangida have run to the bush out of fear. I saw heavy military reinforcement as I was driving back to Damaturu.”

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Dungus Abdulkareem, who confirmed the attack said “I am still awaiting details of the incident from our men at Babangida. I don’t have any details at the moment.”

Daily Trust reported that another resident said; “We are currently in the bush running for our lives; I believe you can hear the sound of the gunshots.”

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