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Shootings Continue In Damanturu As Military Tackles Insurgents In Bloody Clashes

From Mustapha Abdul Salaam The skirmishes which started Friday night in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, between the Military and the Boko Haram insurgents has raged till Saturday.

The over 24 hours bloody clashes AFRICAN EXAMINER Correspondent gathered might have sent to the grave almost 200 insurgents, as they made to escape to the neighbouring and other North Eastern States but ran into the ambush by the National troops, according to some sources in Damanturu.

Besides, the military has also recorded casualties, as well as the civilians living in the capital and its environs.

Our Correspondent reliably gathered that sporadic shootings and explosion by the army and the militants have not abated since around 8.00 pm when the exchanges started.

It would be recalled Damanturu early December last year, was turned to a battle ground as the insurgents laid siege on the town, shot, opened many explosions and attempted to overrun the State House as well as take over the entire State. The siege resulted to announcement by Governor Ibrahim Geidam, 24 hours dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state capital and its environs.

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