Five soldiers and a suicide bomber may have died in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on a military patrol in the Yobe State capital, Damaturu, on Sunday.
Some residential properties in Shagari Low Cost Housing Estate in Damaturu, Yobe State were also destroyed in the attack, which occurred when the suicide bomber detonated explosives hidden in a parked car.
Witnesses said the explosion was part of a number of coordinated attacks unleashed on Damaturu by suspected Boko Haram militants.
Boko Haram gunmen also attacked the ‘A’ Division headquarters of the state police command.
Injured persons were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical attention.
Security agents battled insurgents on Sunday, in what has become a regular feature of the state capital.
Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe, confirmed the attacks to newsmen on Sunday.
He, however, declined to give a figure of the casualties.
Boko Haram in a new video released on Saturday slammed United States President Barack Obama for declaring three of the deadly group’s leaders terrorists.
The group also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to convert to Islam.
More details later.