Houses were razed by the deadly Boko Haram fighters in Babbangida, Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State on Sunday during an attack, a resident Maimunat Abubakar, said on the telephone.
Babbangida is the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state and shares border with Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
It is 50 kilometres north of Damaturu and has experienced several cases of Boko Haram invasion in the past.
Abubakar, who fled with two of her children to Damaturu as a result of the attack, lamented that “the nsurgents attack our town in the early hours of today (Sunday).”
She said the militants had on Saturday attempted to attack the town but their plan was thwarted by the military.
Abubakar said, “Yesterday (Saturday) being the market day, there were apprehensions of a possible attack on the town but security forces were fully aware and such purported attack was thwarted.”
She said residents had stayed through the night in bush fearing that the town might be attacked. “We were later to see signs of an attack by 6.40 am today (Sunday),” she said.
Abubakar said she attempted to call some of the people in the town after she fled but could not get connected because the GSM masks had been destroyed.
A military officer said the attack on Babbangida was a reprisal as a combined team of security forces had on Saturday launched an offensive against the insurgents around Sasawa, a border town between Damaturu and Babbangida.
“We carried out an offensive attack on the militants as a result of a tip off.
“We gathered that they were preparing to attack Damaturu, the state capital and the attack on Tarmuwa may have being carried out as a reprisal to our earlier assault,” the soldier said.
According to the source, Sunday’s attack on Babbangida is unprecedented and damage to property may be huge while the number of those killed has yet to be determined because GSM services are completely down in the area.