(AA) – Multiple explosions and shootings are currently going on in Damaturu, the capital town of Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe State, as residents run for cover, eyewitnesses said Monday.
“We are under attack. Damaturu is being attacked now. There are sounds of bomb blasts and heavy gunfights everywhere. We are trapped. We are scampering for safety,” Usman Jejere, a student in the town, told The Anadolu Agency on phone.
Another resident, Mustapha Potiskum, confirmed the attack which he said has “thrown Damaturu into confusion.”
Casualties are feared, although details of the attack remain sketchy. A local source told AA that a university and a housing estate are among the targets of the militants.
Damaturu is the seat of government of Yobe state and there are fears that Boko Haram may want to seize the town which is just some 135 km away from Maiduguri, the most populated town in the entire restive northeast region. Maiduguri, said to be the birthplace of Boko Haram, is also the provincial capital of Borno State.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are currently under emergency rule, imposed some 18 months ago to curtail the activities of the Boko Haram militant group. Many Nigerians feel the measure has not achieved much, and there are plans to frustrate its extension by parliament.