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15,000 People Displaced After BH Raid In Damboa by adekayo1234(m): 6:04am On Jul 22, 2014
15,000 people displaced after BH raid in Damboa
2014-07-21 21:08
Maiduguri - A massive assault by Boko Haram in
the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced
more than 15,000 people, an official said
Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements
to flush out the Islamist fighters.
The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but
continued through the weekend, with witnesses
saying that civilians were left defenceless by the
security forces who withdrew from the area earlier
this month.
Officials from the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to
establish a death toll amid multiple reports that
Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the
town, having hoisted their flag above a public
building.
Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at
least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape
the Islamist onslaught.
"The number of displaced in (the town of) Biu is
10,204. We have 3,000 in Maiduguri and 2,000
in Goniri," he said.
Multiple media outlets on Monday reported that
Boko Haram had taken over Damboa and were
seeking to establish themselves as the local
authority, something the Nigerian Islamist are not
widely known to do.
But the military tried to downplay the extent of
the crisis.
"We are not conceding any portion of this country
to any terrorist group," defence spokesman Chris
Olukolade said.
"Security agencies are firming up deployment of
troops in the entire area...We are also going to
reverse every form of insecurity in that area very
soon," he added.
Boko Haram has relentlessly targeted civilians
across the northeast, killing more than 2,000
already this year, and staged brazen attacks on
the security forces.
Should the Islamists prove capable of holding
their ground in Damboa in the face of a military
assault, it would mark a major embarrassment for
the security forces and signal a significant
setback in Nigeria's effort to crush the five-year
uprising.
http://m.news24.com/nigeria/National/News/15000-people-displaced-after-BH-raid-in-Damboa-20140721

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