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JTF, Boko Haram in 5-hour clash in Yobe



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Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, have reported a gun battle between security forces and members of the Boko Haram, which lasted for over five hours on Sunday night.

The relative peace in Damaturu suffered a setback as sound of gunshots was heard throughout the night.

Sporadic gunshots were heard within the Damaturu metropolis from 9:00 p.m. and lasted for over five hours.

Although an official statement is still being expected from either the Joint Task Force (JTF) or the police on the cause of the gunshots, residents believed it was a clash between security forces and the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Yobe State government, four days ago, reviewed the restriction of movement from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Damaturu, while curfew in other towns remained 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily.

The last time gunshots were heard in Damaturu was nine months ago when a field commander of the radical sect, Bakaka, was killed by the JTF at Khandahar area of Damaturu.

Source: Tribune

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