Many are reported to have died as Soldiers, late Tuesday, battled Boko Haram insurgents following an attempt to take over their base in Damask.
Reports claim that several lives were lost in the Damasak town, in Mobbar local government area of Borno State, in northeast.
Local vigilante who attempted to stop the insurgents were overpowered, with many of them scampering for safety, the report added.
The insurgents were said to have killed many people when they arrived at about 5:00 pm on Tuesday, heading straight to take the military base but met strong resistance.
The attack has been confirmed by Chairman of the council, Mustapha Bunu Kolo, who disclosed that the town was taken over by ISWAP.
“Though I am not in Damasak, as I travelled out for official engagement, but based on the information at my disposal, the insurgents invaded the town since 5 pm and are still holding ground as of this time (10:40 pm).
”The insurgents have succeeded in razing down remaining humanitarian hubs, market, shops and an unspecified number of residential houses, as they detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) without confrontation.
“I was also informed that many people lost their lives in the attack, but I don’t have the actual number of casualties as the insurgents are still much around, and have continued wreaking havoc on innocent civilians,” Kolo explained.