Borno Chris­tians panic as B’haram in­creases at­tacks

The Punch - - NEWS - Kay­ode Idowu, Maiduguri

FEAR has gripped Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties in Borno State as Boko Haram in­sur­gents have con­tin­ued to at­tack ar­eas dom­i­nated by Chris­tians in the state.

For the past two weeks, at­tacks have been con­tin­u­ally launched by the ter­ror­ist group on com­mu­ni­ties in the Aski­rauba lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, which has a large Chris­tian pop­u­la­tion.

Some of the com­mu­ni­ties at­tacked were Chul, Rumingo, lassa, Musa, Kura and Gwan­dam, all in the Askira-uba lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

The at­tacks made the Gov­er­nor, prof. Baba­gana Umara, to cel­e­brate Christ­mas in the com­mu­ni­ties and con­dole with the vic­tims.

Just as many started be­liev­ing the at­tacks had ended, sus­pected Boko Haram mem­bers at­tacked Man­dara­gi­rau vil­lage in the Biu lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area on Sun­day night.

Dur­ing the at­tack, a com­mu­nity church and a school were razed, and a man was ab­ducted.

The peo­ple of the area lamented that no one came to their aid as the in­sur­gents took their time to in­flict harm on the com­mu­nity.

A source, who spoke to our correspond­ent in Maiduguri, said, “They burnt down a church, a school and some shops in our vil­lage.

“They also took away one man whom they caught while they were ne­go­ti­at­ing pas­sage from the vil­lage.”

He said the flee­ing vil­lagers spent the night in the cold till this (Mon­day) morn­ing.

“They have all re­turned to their homes this morn­ing,” he said.

Also at­tacked dur­ing the Christ­mas break in the Biu lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area were Ya­markumi, Maina­hari, Miringa, and Bu­ratai vil­lages.

Mean­while, churches in the area have sent a Save Our Soul mes­sage to Chris­tians in Maiduguri.

A source at the Borno prov­ince of the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God, said some of the pas­tors in the churches in and around Biu, Askira-uba and Hawul had been hav­ing sleep­less nights.

The source, who spoke in con­fi­dence, said, “They (the pas­tors) have asked that we pray for them.”

“in our churches in Maiduguri, we have had prayer ses­sions for peace to reign in the ar­eas at­tacked. We have also so­licited for prayers from all Chris­tians across the coun­try.”

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