A raid by suspected Boko Haram gunmen has left many people in the northeastern town of Damboa feared dead. The attack has also left half the town burnt down according to eyewitnesses.
According to reports from the area at least 18 bodies have currently been recovered from the violent attack, which has lasted for several hours in the town of Damboa. The death toll is still expected to rise, according to local residents.
This attack, supposedly perpetrated by Islamic militant group Boko Haram, is one of many terrorist attacks occurring in Nigeria, which is becoming increasingly unstable. The country’s instability is a result of the military force of Boko Haram, whose militants are reportedly better armed than the Nigerian Army in some engagements.
The town of Damboa is now reportedly abandoned, with surviving locals fleeing to neighbouring towns within the Borno State. The town itself is situated 85km from the state capital of Maiduguri and, prior to the attacks, had a population of 233’200 as of the 2006 census.