Imam Set Ablaze, 14 Others Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Borno Villages, IDP Camps
An Imam was set ablaze, while no less than 14 other people were killed after some suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked some villages close to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to Channels Television, in one of the villages which came under attack on Wednesday evening – Kofa, the insurgents set ablaze the Imam of the village along with four members of his family.
It was gathered that while residents fled the village during the attack, the cleric and his family had stayed behind.
Other villages attacked by the terrorists are Abba Malumti, Gozari, and Dalori II Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, all in Konduga local government area of the state.
In Abba Malumti and Dalori II IDP camps, eight and two people were reportedly killed respectively.
Bukar Kashim, a displaced person at Dalori 2 IDPs camp, said the security personnel at the camp were overpowered by the invaders, adding that they shot and killed an old man in his presence.
“We thoughts it was normal shooting but it turned out to be Boko Haram”, he told Daily Trust.
“Everyone was in disarrayed, they entered after the security and CJTF [Civilian Joint Task Force] were overpowered, one person was killed and about 40 tents were burnt.
“The government need to rise and protect us. This is an evidence that we are not safe anymore. We are begging President Buhari to protect us.
“Many of our people are yet to return and we don’t know their fate.”
It was also learnt that the security operatives on the ground were faced with superior firepower and outnumbered as over 200 insurgents came for the attack.
JUST IN: Troops Foil BHTs Attempted Attack on IDP Camp: Troops of 251 Task Force Battalion successfully foiled a BHT attempted Attack on Kofa Village and Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State on 31 Oct 18 at about 10 pm. https://t.co/w1ZRAMcUcZ
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) November 1, 2018
The Nigerian Army confirmed the attack in a statement issued.
The statement read: “Troops of 251 Task Force Battalion successfully foiled a BHT attempted Attack on Kofa Village and Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri on 31 Oct 18 at about 10pm. The terrorists gained access through a bush path behind the village in 4 vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp.
“On sighting own troops that were mobilized to the area, they set some houses and the market ablaze and fled along Maiduguri-Bama Road. However, one civilian was found dead.
“Own troops are presently assisting the villagers who ran into the bush back to their homes while the Borno State Fire Service have contained the inferno.”