Boko Haram burn 40 houses in northeast Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday said that Boko Haram insurgents burnt down 40 houses in a reprisal in Mailari, Guzamala in Borno State of northeast Nigeria on Sunday.

Mr Damien Chukwu, Commissioner of Police in the state, who disclosed this at a news conference, said that the terrorists stormed the town at about 8pm.

Mr Chukwu said that the command had yet to ascertain the casualty figure. But an aid worker at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Monguno, a town in Borno State, said that a total of 63 people were killed in the attack.

The aid worker said hundreds of survivors from villages in the area have fled to Monguno IDP camp.

Mr Abatcha Umar, a witness, who stated that the attack took place in the early hours of Sunday, said he counted 19 bodies, including that of his young brother.

He added that the militants were spotted around the village three days before the attack and that residents informed soldiers stationed in the nearby town of Gudumbali, but no action was taken.

Boko Haram fighters reportedly arrived in trucks firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

The attack comes weeks after many soldiers were killed in an ambush in the north-east.

Boko Haram has continued to carry out attacks in the region despite efforts by government to subdue the group.

The Police Commissioner told journalists in Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram violence, that “two weeks earlier, the vigilante in that community arrested a Boko Haram element with AK47 and after beating him, he was handed over to the military. The marauding militants who were pissed with the development decided to launch the massive attack to avenge the arrest. They passed several villages on their way to Mailari.

“Luckily, about a week ago, we deployed one full unit of policemen, including SARS, to protect the community. Consequently, while they were returning from their mission, they were repelled by our team on patrol, which prevented them from raising down the entire community.”
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20 august 2018 17:23:08




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