Yobe vil­lage mosque killing reprisal - Res­i­dents

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris & Hamisu Kabiru Matazu, Da­maturu

Dozens of sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram who rounded up and killed Mus­lim wor­ship­pers in a Yobe vil­lage mosque last Fri­day were on a re­venge mis­sion, Daily Trust learnt from res­i­dents yes­ter­day. They said the ter­ror­ists who stormed Buni Gari in Gu­jba LGA threw ex­plo­sives at wor­ship­pers who were ob­serv­ing Maghrib (sun­set) prayers around 7pm.

The res­i­dents said the in­vaders en­tered the vil­lage which is less than 100 kilo­me­tres from Da­maturu, the state cap­i­tal for the third time at­tack­ing Buni Yadi, a farm­ing and busi­ness com­mu­nity wors­en­ing the al­ready crip­pled so­cial and eco­nomic life of the people.

“The worst part of our predica­ment is that, like what hap­pened dur­ing pre­vi­ous at­tacks, there was no re­sis­tance from se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives in the vil­lage. The soldiers and the po­lice­men sim­ply dis­ap­peared soon af­ter the mil­i­tants fired the first shot,” a trader Abubakar Yadi, who es­caped from the vil­lage said.

He said the in­sur­gents had ear­lier sur­rounded the vil­lage mosque and told the wor­ship­pers their mis­sion.

“They (Boko Haram) were an­gry with us. They re­minded us that we trailed three of their mem­bers some­time ago...killed one, handed over the sec­ond to soldiers and the third one nar­rowly es­caped. They said it was an af­front and dis­re­spect­ful and there­fore the whole vil­lage must pay a price. They threw ex­plo­sives into the mosque which killed nearly 20 people,” he said.

An­other vil­lager, Mal­lam Mo­hammed, said some of the wor­ship­pers es­caped the blast in the mosque but were shot with Ak47 ri­fles.

“We are yet to see some of our people, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren who fled into the bushes,” Mo­hammed said. It was gath­ered that over 60 per­cent of the east­ern part of Buni Gari was de­stroyed by the at­tack­ers who set most of the houses ablaze. Sources said over 200 brick, mud and thatched houses were de­stroyed. Over 40 ve­hi­cles were burnt at the mo­tor park. They also de­stroyed shops, stalls and other property.

“They moved from one area to an­other and took their time to wreak havoc,” Bala Baba, an­other lo­cal who moved his fam­ily to Da­maturu yes­ter­day said.

“The life of over 10, 000 people in Buni Gari is threat­ened. They vowed that they would force us into extinction for dar­ing them”, he said. He said mil­i­tary op­er­a­tives only re­turned to the vil­lage af­ter the at­tack­ers left. Po­lice com­mis­sioner Sanusi A Rufa’I said 10 people died in­side the mosques while 10 oth­ers were hos­pi­tal­ized but was not sure if any of those that sus­tained bul­let wounds later died in their homes or hospi­tal. The com­mis­sioner said that based on the on as­sess­ment con­ducted by the po­lice, 4 tri­cy­cles ma­chines, over 100 houses and 40 cars were burnt.

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