Damaturu

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Damaturu
LGA and city
Damaturu is located in Nigeria
Damaturu
Damaturu
Coordinates: 11°44′40″N 11°57′40″E / 11.74444°N 11.96111°E / 11.74444; 11.96111
Country  Nigeria
State Yobe State
Area
 • Total 2,366 km2 (914 sq mi)
Population (2006 Census)
 • Total 88,014
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
3-digit postal code prefix 620
ISO 3166 code NG.YO.DA

Damaturu is a Local Government Area in Yobe State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Damaturu, the State capital.

The postal code of the area is 620.[1] The Local Government Area has an area of 2,366 km² and a population of 88,014 at the 2006 census.

The town of Damaturu is on the A3 highway and has an estimated 2010 population of 44,268. [2] Damaturu is the headquarters of the Damaturu Emirate, at one time part of the Ngazaragamo emirate based in Gaidam.[3]

On 16 June 2013, Damaturu was the site of an attack by Boko Haram. Militants attacked a school and killed thirteen people, including students and teachers.[4]

On 26 October 2013, Suspected Boko Haram militants had engaged security forces in a lengthy gun battle and raided a hospital in Damaturu.[5]

On 1 December 2014, Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out attacks on the city, The assault on the city, began shortly after 5:00 am local time. Gunshots and explosions were heard and a base of the riot police was reported to have been set on fire. Yobe state university also came under attack.[6]

Geography[edit]

The northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude passes through the area including 12°00′00″N 12°00′00″E / 12.00000°N 12.00000°E / 12.00000; 12.00000 in the north.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  3. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (June 17, 2011). "Boko Haram: how it all started". The Sun (Nigeria). Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Nigeria militants kill school children in Maiduguri". BBC News. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nigerian militants raid northern city of Damaturu". BBC News. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nigerian unrest: Damaturu city 'under militant attack'". BBC News. 1 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 11°44′40″N 11°57′40″E / 11.74444°N 11.96111°E / 11.74444; 11.96111