B/Haram poi­sons drink­ing wa­ter sources in Borno

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

The Theatre Com­mand of Op­er­a­tion Lafiya Dole in Borno State yesterday said Boko Haram mil­i­tants had poi­soned drink­ing wa­ter sources in some vil­lages in the state.

Spokesman of the Com­mand, Col. Tukur Gusau, said in a state­ment that the mil­i­tants poi­soned wells and streams where they were dis­lodged by troops or ar­eas threat­ened by of­fen­sive oper­a­tions.

“Cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the Theatre Com­mand in­di­cates that though no hu­man life was lost as a re­sult of the bar­baric act of the ter­ror­ists, some cat­tle died af­ter drink­ing wa­ter from some poi­soned sources,” the state­ment said.

It added that a large num­ber of cat­tle died af­ter drink­ing wa­ter from ponds in Kan­gal­lam vil­lage along Marte and Abadam.

“The ac­tion of the ter­ror­ists is no doubt aimed at tak­ing their own pound of flesh on in­no­cent cit­i­zens and live­stock as a re­sult of the un­bear­able of­fen­sive oper­a­tions through com­bined ef­forts of the Nige­rian Army and the Nige­rian Air Force to route them out com­pletely from their en­claves and hide-outs all over the north­east.

“In view of this de­vel­op­ment, cit­i­zens are urged to avoid as much as pos­si­ble, drink­ing wa­ter from un­ver­i­fied sources, es­pe­cially in lo­ca­tions that troops routed Boko Haram ter­ror­ists”, the state­ment added.

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