Many feared killed in Gwoza

• 2 APC chief­tains shot dead

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris & Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

Many people were feared killed last night when troops en­gaged sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram in Gwoza, Borno state.

De­tails of the fight were still sketchy at the time of this re­port but sources said the in­sur­gents, armed with bombs and guns stormed Gwoza in a con­voy of many ve­hi­cles but met re­sis­tance from se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives and youth vig­i­lantes, also known as civil­ian JTF.

One of the sources said some people have been killed; point­ing out that the gun duel was still on­go­ing around 8pm.

“All roads to Gwoza have been blocked...and there is spo­radic shoot­ing go­ing on,” he said.

Gwoza, sit­u­ated in a rocky ter­rain in south­ern Borno shares bor­der with Cameroon and is not far from the Sam­bisa For­est.

Daily Trust also learnt that gun­men sus­pected to be in­sur­gents on Mon­day shot and killed the chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Kale/Balge lo­cal govern­ment area of Borno state, Al­haji Modu Janga and the youth leader, Al­haji Abba. It oc­cured at about 11 am on Mon­day.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the two APC chief­tains were killed in Mafa town along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road when their ve­hi­cle was am­bushed by the in­sur­gents.

The as­sailants who were three in num­ber fled to­wards Dikwa leav­ing their vic­tims in a pool of blood, a res­i­dent of Mafa who iden­ti­fied him­self as Fogu Fan­nami told news­men.

A se­cu­rity source con­firmed the killing of the two APC chief­tains to news­men but did not give de­tails as to how they were killed.

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