37 killed in sep­a­rate at­tacks in Borno

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Hamza Idris & Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

Over 37 people were killed in two sep­a­rate at­tacks in Borno vil­lages at the weekend, Dai­lyTrust gath­ered yes­ter­day. Res­i­dents and se­cu­rity sources said sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect stormed Ngoshe Sama vil­lage in Gwoza LGA Satur­day night and com­mit­ted the mayhem.

The sources said the in­sur­gents who drove in ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles set ablaze many houses, shops and telecommunication masts. The vil­lage shares borders with Cameroon and had been at­tacked in the past.

Malam Us­man Jidda, a sur­vivor, said he fled to Gwoza with his fam­ily but had to go to Maiduguri to seek as­sis­tance be­cause all he were de­stroyed.

“I thank God for spar­ing my life and my fam­ily. Some of our people, over 30 of them, have been killed. Sadly, when the in­sur­gents came around 10pm, they took us un­awares and did a lot of de­struc­tion and left. Un­for­tu­nately, I gath­ered from some of our people that fol­lowed us to Gwoza that the in­sur­gents went back to Ngoshe again (yes­ter­day) to com­plete their mis­sion,” he said.

He said they de­stroyed per­sonal ef­fects and sources of liveli­hood in the farm­ing com­mu­nity. In the sec­ond at­tack, seven people in­clud­ing the vil­lage head were also killed in Kaiga­mari in Kon­duga LGA around 2am yes­ter­day.

Vil­lagers said the as­sailants used Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs) to burn houses, in­clud­ing that of the vil­lage head, Bu­lama Kaiga­mari, whose fam­ily nar­rowly es­caped. Mam­man Kaiga­mari, one of the lo­cals who es­caped to Maiduguri yes­ter­day said the at­tack­ers stormed the vil­lage at night. A se­cu­rity source con­firmed the at­tack at Kaiga­mari.

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