Four persons, including a soldier have been killed after dozens of Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on United Nations and other humanitarian facilities in Damasak, Borno State.
It was gathered that the terror group, from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Saturday evening, stormed the town to set fire on facilities of international aid organisations.
ISWAP has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted an army camp killing two soldiers before raiding the town, according to the SITE agency that monitors jihadist communiques.
AFP quoted a top security source as saying that at least four people, including a soldier, were killed in the attack.
The attack is the second in two months affecting one of nine United Nations hubs in Nigeria, where the terror group are engaged in a more than decade-long insurgency which has killed 36,000 people and forced about two million to flee their homes.
“The general situation within Damasak is relatively calm, but unpredictable,” an aid worker with an international charity was quoted as saying.
UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the attack in a statement.
He said humanitarian operations for displaced people in the town would be reduced because of the violence.
The terrorists who tried to overrun a military base in the town were subdued with aerial support and “made to retreat” after three hours of fighting, a military source said.
“A soldier was killed and two more were injured in the encounter,” the military officer said, adding that five ISWAP gun trucks were destroyed in the fight.
The insurgents also burnt a local police station in the Damasak attack.
Another aid worker said at least three women were killed, when a projectile hit a house where they had gone for a wedding ceremony.
Four civilians were also injured.
Residents who fled towards the Niger border to escape the attack returned to the town on Sunday.