Boko Haram at­tacks UNICEF clinic in Borno

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Kay­ode Idowu, Maiduguri

No fewer three set­tle­ments, in­clud­ing a clinic funded by the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund in Borno State have been at­tacked by Boko Haram.

Two of the at­tacks were hatched by the in­sur­gents on Thurs­day in the Bama and Rann ar­eas, while the third at­tack was hap­pened in Jakana on the Maiduguri-damaturu Ex­press­way Fri­day evening.

The UNICEF funded clinic was razed.

Ac­cord­ing to se­cu­rity sources, gun­men sus­pected to be Boko Haram mem­bers made an at­tempt to in­fil­trate Bama town on Thurs­day evening.

A se­cu­rity source, who con­fided in our cor­re­spon­dent, said, “The in­sur­gents wanted to in­vade the town to cause havoc, but un­for­tu­nately for them, they were met by bat­tle ready sol­diers who re­pelled them.”

A res­i­dent of the town, Yusuf Ab­dul­lahi, told Satur­day PUNCH that the peo­ple of the town were sud­denly wo­ken up by the sounds of gun­fire and rock­ets.

He said through­out the night, no one could sleep in the town as the sol­diers en­gaged the in­sur­gents.

In Rann, the Boko Haram were said to have de­stroyed the UNICEF clinic, the only health­care cen­tre in the town which at dif­fer­ent times had been at­tacked by the in­sur­gents.

A mil­i­tary source told our cor­re­spon­dent that the Nige­rian

mil­i­tary was able to re­pel the in­sur­gents af­ter a fierce gun bat­tle on Thurs­day.

A res­i­dent of the town, Yabawa Aji, in a tele­phone chat with our cor­re­spon­dent with all man­ner of equip­ment and shot in­dis­crim­i­nately.

He said the ca­su­al­ties could not be as­cer­tained yet as many fled into the bush for safety, la­ment­ing that some of the flee­ing res­i­dents were caught in the cross­fire.

In a state­ment con­firm­ing the at­tack on Rann, the Chief of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at UNICEF, Eliana Drakopoulus, said: “Late last night, there was fight­ing in Rann and sev­eral struc­tures were burned, in­clud­ing a Unicef­sup­ported clinic.

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