It has been reported that at least 20 people have been killed in the latest Boko Haram attack on a town in Borno State.
According to a Reuters report, the attack on Damboa in Borno state triggered a response from the troops that were stationed there and a battle between the military and Boko Haram ensued.
A spokesman for Nigerian forces in Borno state, which has repeatedly suffered terrorist attacks in the last four years, said the Islamists crept into the town of Damboa in the early hours of Saturday and killed five worshippers at a mosque as they said their morning prayers.
“While they were unleashing their mayhem, troops … engaged the terrorists, killing 15 in the process while others fled,” the military spokesman, Captain Aliyu Danja, said in a statement obtained by Reuters.
Despite efforts by the government to bring the terrorists attack under control Boko Haram still often appear to be able to elude security and wreck havoc on a largely innocent civilian population.
Its targets have traditionally been security forces, Christians or Muslim clerics who speak out against it, but its fighters have increasingly turned their sights on civilians in the past few months – massacring hundreds in roadside attacks or assaults on Western-style schools they consider sacrilegious.
Nigerian fighter jets last week bombed camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college that killed at least 41.