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Shettima appeals to terror-threatened villagers to stay

27 May 2015, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has appealed to residents of Gubio community in the state not to flee the area despite attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The governor, during his visit to the area, assured the residents that authorities would liaise with the military to provide security for the vulnerable community.
He said the military was carrying out counter-insurgency operations to dislodge Boko Haram from its camps.
It was reported the terrorists, in a fresh round of attacks, recently killed some 43 people in the community.

A member of the youth vigilante group in the area, Abba Idris, said the terrorists came to community in six vehicles and set houses ablaze, forcing people to flee.

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He said the town was left exposed as there was barely any cover from the military, which was involved in operations in another parts of the state.

“They then opened fire on people. We lost 43 people. They burnt over 500 houses, many vehicles and motorcycles and parked food items belonging to the locales,” Idris said.
Another leader of the vigilante group in the town, Bukar Mandama, told the governor some five members of the Boko Haram group were killed.

He appealed to authority to help with them surveillance vehicles to safeguard the people from the terrorists.

- CAJ News


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