The Yobe State Government on Tuesday morning imposed a 24-hour curfew after explosions and gun battles erupted in the state’s capital city of Damaturu on Monday, killing three policemen and two soldiers.
Mr. Patrick Eguniwe, the state’s Commissioner of Police, said in an interview with Channels Television, that four more police officers sustained injuries in the hours-long gun battle between security agents and Boko Haram insurgents.
The attacks started at about 5 p.m. on Monday and the gunmen were allegedly targeting the government house in Sabon Pegi in Damaturu.
According to the Daily Trust, the fighting continued well into Thursday morning.
The state governor’s Special Assistant on Information, Abdullahi Bello, said besides the 24-hour curfew in Damaturu, the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Potiskum still held.
Hospital sources told the Daily Trust the number of civilians killed or injured in the attacks remains unknown as movement is still restricted in the city.
Police Commissioner, Eguniwe, says 32 people have been arrested in connection to the deadly attack and, he adds, his men are still working on recovering dead bodies around town.
Joint Task Force leaders in the state have promised a full statement when order is restored to the restive town. However, reports said the JTF operatives engaged over 100 suspected Boko Haram insurgents in a gun duel well into the night.
Bello said the JTF operatives discovered a sect hideout at a primary school in Sabon Fegi. At least four schools were burnt during the violent rampage, reports also said.