Borno lo­cals alarmed over ‘im­pend­ing’ Boko Haram at­tack

Weekly Trust - - News - Hamza Idris

Farm­ers and fish­er­men in North­ern part of Borno State, yes­ter­day, raised alarm that Boko Haram el­e­ments are gath­er­ing on some is­lands with a view to at­tack­ing neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Some of the vil­lagers spo­ken to said the as­sailants had per­fected plan to launch a ma­jor at­tack on Baga, the big­gest fish hub in North­ern Borno which is grad­u­ally re­cov­er­ing from a ma­jor at­tack, reprisal and al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Nige­rian troops and Boko Haram in 2013 that killed hun­dreds of peo­ple.

Sources told our cor­re­spon­dent that the Boko Haram at­tack­ers have con­verged on Doron Naira and Do­gon Chukun, two is­lands along the shores of Lake Chad.

One of the sources said the plan was to at­tack Baga town which is the most pros­per­ous lo­cal­ity in the area with many farm­ers and fish­er­men.

A fish­er­man, Modu Ari, told the Daily Trust Satur­day yes­ter­day that the de­par­ture of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tives from many for­ma­tions in the last few months fol­low­ing at­tacks by the Boko Haram had made com­mu­ni­ties sus­cep­ti­ble.

He listed nearly 20 com­mu­ni­ties where the Boko Haram are ter­ror­iz­ing lo­cals con­stantly but the claim could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied.

The com­mu­ni­ties in­clude Gashigar,Zari, Granda, Gudum­bari, Kukawa, Arge, Metele, Ala­gar­non arewa, Kan­garwa, Jilli, Bir­mari, Mairari, Mainari, Kuroskauwa, Mil4, Mil90.

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