Nigerian troops have pushed back an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on Damboa town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.
ISWAP terrorists, on Thursday, Oct.28, attacked the town from multiple gun trucks and armoured track vehicles, after dislodging outposts of the Nigerian Mobile Police (MOPOL) and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
Houses near the outposts were razed by the explosion, forcing residents to flee their homes.
HumAngle understands the attack, which occurred around 6 p.m WAT, was part of efforts by the terrorists to capture the town.
Troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade, however, immediately responded to the attack that lasted for almost two hours, a resident who prefers anonymity for safety reasons told HumAngle.
“For about two hours, the troops engaged them in an intense gunbattle which made the terrorists flee but the soldiers could not chase after them because it was dark already and they feared they might use IED again,” the resident with knowledge of security issues in the state said.
The attack had left residents of neighbouring communities terrified and they feared that ISWAP would attack them in a similar way it did in Damboa, he added.
The Nigerian Army was yet to release official details of the attack as of press time.
Damboa is about 87 km from Maiduguri, the state capital and close to the dreaded Alagarno and Sambisa forest.
Experts say more than half of the population in Damboa are internally displaced persons and nearly all need humanitarian assistance.
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