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Borno under more siege from terrorists

31 December 2013, 10:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Scores of people have been killed and several houses tortured in the past few days as members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect wrecked havoc in Borno State.

This follows another attack on Hawul local government area of the troubled state this past weekend where seven people were reportedly killed and eight persons left injured.

During the attack on four villages by the terror group, eyewitnesses said that the Bama-Gwoza road axis was attacked with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), rocket launchers and petrol-bombs by the sect who succeeded in torching a primary school, quarry plant, and several houses in Kiva and Warabe communities.

They were said to have killed three persons in the areas.

The gunmen were also said to have also attacked Alafa and Pulka villages, 21 kilometres east of the Sambisa Forest and Bama Township, which is 78 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Hawul local government area is majorly populated by Christians and has been peaceful until the latest attacks, which thus took authorities by surprise.

Speaking on the attacks  in Maiduguri, the Spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Aliyu Danja, said the security forces were nonetheless up to the task of eliminating terror.
He said the multiple attacks against the insurgents at Alafa village and  others on the Bama-Gwoza road axes were part of the ongoing operations conducted by the military to ensure peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in Borno state.

He said besides cooperating with the military to end insurgency, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Obidah Ethan.

“He felicitates with the people of Borno and urges them to continue to cooperate and assist the military by providing useful information on the modus operandi of insurgents,” said Danja.

– CAJ News


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