Ten civilians have been confirmed killed in Tuesday night’s attack on Damasak, the headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government of Borno State.
This is according to the Chairman of the local government, Mustapha Bako Kolo.
An unspecified number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were also injured during the attack, according to Kolo.
Although sources say fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province met stiff resistance from the Nigerian Army who were supported by the Airforce, the encounter left many civilians injured.
According to sources, the terror group stormed the area in over a dozen gun trucks and could be seen heading towards the Army base in Damasak, as residents were forced to flee for safety.
Last night’s attack on Damasak is the second within the week.
The insurgents had shared a video of their weekend attack on Damasak town during which they burnt UN buildings and food storehouses.
As of the time of filing this report, an official statement from the military was yet to be released.
Nigeria’s military has struggled to end a jihadist insurgency in the northeast for more than a decade, with two million people displaced from the homes by fighting.
The latest attack prompted residents to flee towards the border.
“The locals are currently relocating to Niger Republic due to state of insecurity in the town,” said the military officer, who asked not to be identified.
Many residents had fled the town towards the regional capital Maiduguri or into the town of Diffa across the Niger border following three previous attacks, but other residents decided to stay back.
On Wednesday, residents who remained left the town across the border when militants in several trucks fitted with machine guns engaged troops in a fight outside the military base in an attempt to overrun it.
“This is the situation we found ourselves again, as you can see now we are going to take refuge in another country that is not even our own,” a resident said in a video clip sent to AFP by sources.
In the recording, hundreds of residents are seen on foot and on donkeys moving along a winding bush path with personal effects.