At least 18 residents have been confirmed dead and 21 injured after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Damasak town in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno for the umpteenth time in less than one month..
Damasak, the headquarter of Mobbar Local Government Area in northern Borno is located on the fringes of Lake Chad and shares a border with communities in the Niger Republic.
The town used to be a producer and exporter of vegetables to target markets within Nigeria and neighbouring countries before Boko Haram occupied it in 2014 as one of their caliphates.
The town was occupied by Boko Haram since 2014 as one of their caliphate. The insurgents seem interested in the town, apparently for strategic access to raising funds through agriculture and for land routes to Niger republic.
The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum who was in Damasak on Thursday, traveled alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno north, who hails from Damasak, and a member of House of Reps representing Mobbar, Guzamala, and Abadam, Bukar Gana Kareto and some other officials had interactions with soldiers and others security forces involved in the counter-insurgency operations in the town.
Zulum confirmed from residents that 18 people had died, 21 injured, and he saw several property that were destroyed on Friday, April 16, during his visit to Damasak town
The UN humanitarian hub, private residential houses, a police station, the palace of the district head, a primary healthcare centre, and a GSM Village were among property destroyed.
He sympathized with the residents, assured them of robust measures to avert future insurgent attacks on Damasak, saying he has directed the strengthening of agricultural activities in the town.
As part of the measures, he held an operational meeting with soldiers and other security forces after which he presented 12 security vehicles, including an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and 11 patrol vehicles