KANO, Nigeria - Dozens were killed in a spate of coordinated gun and bomb attacks in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu on Friday, leaving the city almost deserted and bodies piling up in local morgues, witnesses said on Saturday.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen raided the city and the nearby village of Potiskum, both in northeastern Yobe state, on Friday evening and engaged in several hours of running gun battles with security forces.
"This place was like a war zone last night. There is no single policeman on the street now, the attacks destroyed mosques and churches, I have seen many injured persons in the hospital," said local Damaturu artisan Benard Ogbeifun.
"There were dozens of dead bodies, and no vehicles on the road. I'm staying in my shop and praying."