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Scores die in fresh Boko Haram attack

bokoTroops arrest seven potential suicide bombers in Kaduna
GANGS of suspected Boko Haram gunmen yesterday evening attacked Adawari village, near Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, killing scores of people.

According to an eyewitness from the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Maiduguri, the terrorists had, by 6.00 pm, advanced to Polo and Jidari wards before troops quickly rallied with reinforcements from other military formations of the metropolis to repel the insurgents .

Earlier on Christmas day (Friday), 15 residents of Kimba village in Biu Local Council of Borno State were killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists who set several houses and shops ablaze.
Seven others were abducted.

Kimba is a herding and farming community, 150 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Besides, troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested seven suspected Boko Haram members, known to be experts in making IEDs, on a suicide mission in Kaduna State.

A member of CJTF Hassan Isa, in a telephone interview yesterday in Maiduguri said: “We first sighted the Boko Haram gunmen at about 5pm Sunday advancing towards Adawari village through the dirt road, but some us thought they were traders returning from tomato farms to Maiduguri metropolis.

Five minutes later, we saw the village go up in flames, while the people near the village started to run for safety.
“I heard multiple explosions in the village and alerted the soldiers in this sector, comprising Polo and Jiddari wards to be on alert. As I speak to you sir, the soldiers have taken cover, along the trenches dug around the affected areas of Maiduguri to repel the advancing insurgents.
The villager that I spoke told me that scores of people were killed, while others fled towards Polo for safety.
“The gunshots and explosions in the village also scared many Polo residents , including motorists to flee in droves towards the Government Reservation Area (GRA). That was, before some soldiers in patrol vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) took cover on the fringes of Maiduguri metropolis.”

On casualties, he said no one could tell “the exact number of villagers killed in the attack, but many people were killed in their houses or while attempting to flee for safety.
Borno Police Command Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Isuku Victor, also confirmed the attack . He also said the military and other security

According to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations (Ag.DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, this is coming on the heels of disclosures that terrorists are infiltrating some other parts of the country, to create mayhem and fear among the people.
Spokesman of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Abbas Gava, said the terrorists burst into Kimba while the people were celebrating Christmas and exchanging gifts and pleasantries to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Over a dozen people were killed, including three children and an elderly woman attending to her grandchildren in a house before it was set ablaze by the insurgents,” Gava said yesterday on phone.
He said the insurgents also carted away some foodstuff and livestock on the same bicycles towards Sambisa forest.

A village herdsman, Hamidu Hassan who fled to Biu on foot told The Guardian yesterday that the insurgents burst into the village on over a dozen bicycles and started shooting and setting houses ablaze.
“When they left, we counted 15 people dead including children. Six people were missing, who we believedwere abducted by the terrorists.”

A member of CJTF in Biu town who does not want to be identified, also confirmed the Sunday attack on Kimba.
A statement from the Acting Director, Army Public Relations (Ag.DAPR) Col. Sani Usman issued yesterday in Abuja said the arrest of the suspects foiled what would have been a calamity in the state and other “contiguous areas”.
The suspects, he said, were arrested “in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over a period of time.”

Usman said the suspects are suicide bombers with known skills in manufacturing IEDs, like their counterparts in some parts of Northeast.
The statement went on: “From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maim innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period.

Recall that recently in Maiduguri, some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.”

The army spokesman said the arrest of the seven would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, “more so since the military have technically defeated the terrorists in the field as a result of which they have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities”.

The statement implored the public to always remain vigilant and on alert for people with suspicious character and movement and report same to security agencies, as this is one of the many measures to ensure that security is enhanced.



5 Comments
  • Chuma Iwuanyanwu

    The Northerners, including El Rufai, Buhari and the slave masters up there cried that Jonathan was committing genocide, and the foolish Jonathan removed General Ihejirika to please them, who had almost defeated the illiterate Jihadists. What is going on in the North right now? Truth is bitter, for the rest of Nigerian to stay in a union called Nigeria is just like mixing water and kerosene. These people are Arabs and we don’t have anything in common. A southerner can never be given a permanent employment in the north, they rather give such job to the Arabs. We are not one and we can never be one. What is going on in Nigeria? The only workable solution to the myriad of problems bedeviling Nigeria is the implementation of the confab organized by the Jonathan’s administration; at least let each region advance at its own pace. The hegemony of the north is holding everybody hostage.
    Let Nigeria practice true federalism, the unitary government is not working. For the fact that I have some good friends in the north will not make me to keep quite and refuse to speak the truth that can set all of us free. I will always like to speak the truth, call me Femi Fani-Kayode, I don’t give a hoot. Does anyone know that Imo State is cursed by having recurring rogues and clueless fools as governors? The Hausa man in Imo State, called Okorocha is the biggest fool ever walked on the surface of the Earth.

    • vic

      i did not know that, tell me more.

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    The Buhari led Military has proclaimed Boko Haram elimination as targeted has been achieved. Indeed Buhari has already proceeded on leave without handing over to Prof Osibanjo. Comical!

  • vic

    BUHARI HAS PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN THAT HE IS A PATENT LIAR AND UNTRUSTWORTHY AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED ON ANYTHING. HE IS SIMPLY AN ARROGANT VINDICTIVE DEADWOOD WITCH HUNTING HIS OPPONENTS AND NOT APPLYING THE SAME RULES TO HIS OWN COHORTS WHEN DEALING WITH CORRUPTION.
    HE SIMPLY TURNED OUT TO BE AN ASO ROCK RAT.

  • PINCO

    ARRESTING SUSPECTS IN KADUNA WHILE THE MAIN BOKO HARAM ARE KILLING PROPLE IN ADAMAWA AND MAIDUGURI. ENOUGH OF THESE LIES

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