by Rachel Ogbu
Suspected members of the Boko Haram group struck again recently killing 11 people were killed in separate attacks in Yobe State.
The Military Joint Task Force said the sect invaded the Government Secondary School and a military checkpoint in Damaturu, the state capital.
On Monday , a statement was released by the military spokesman in the state, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus confirming that two teachers, seven students and two insurgents were killed during the attacks while three soldiers, were critically injured in the clash that lasted for over five hours.
Six other students also sustained various degrees of injuries and were currently receiving treatment at the Damaturu Specialists Hospital. Survivors, Mohammed Ya’u (SS3 student) Abdulkadir Mohammed (SS2) and Goni Abubakar (SS1), said that the attackers came into their hostels few minutes after 9pm on Sunday and opened fire as the students fled through the windows and doors of the hostel.
The Punch reports:
The army spokesmen said three of the suspected Boko Haram members were caught alive and were currently in the custody of the JTF.
The Medical Officer of the Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Salem Umar, confirmed that 11 corpses were brought to the hospital and gave the breakdown as seven students of the GSS Damaturu, two teachers of the school and two members of the suspected Boko Haram members.
The insurgents, who they said were many, also compelled some of the students to direct them to the teachers’ quarters, after which they were also killed.
Sunday’s attack interrupted the months of ceasefire in Damaturu, a situation that made the state government to further reduce the curfew hours to between 9pm to 6am from 6pm to 6am daily.