by Isi Esene
While the federal government is busy tweaking its terrorism engagement strategy, the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, have reportedly attacked the Yobe town of Gashua, Tuesday morning.
There were reports of loud noises of explosions and gunfire earlier today which necessitated a heavy deployment of military personnel to the area.
This deployment has resulted in the residents of the town remaining in their homes fearing being caught-up in the violence.
“There have been explosions and gunfire throughout the town. It all began around 3 am and lasted up to six in the morning,” one resident told AFP.
A witness said the explosions and gunshots started around 3am and continued until 6am when military patrol-men took over the streets.
“The explosions and shootings started around three and continued for almost three hours,” he said. “Everybody has remained indoors.”
Military spokesman Lazarus Eli confirmed soldiers were patrolling, but declined to give further details.
“Our troops have deployed to Gashua this morning, but I can’t tell you the situation in the town now,” he said.
The Boko Haram Islamic sect was said to have announced a ceasefire offer on Thursday provided some of their demands can be met by the federal government.