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Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014

Army unmasks terrorists impersonating Fulani

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Fake Fulani herdsmenBy Joy Baba

A group of terrorists operating under the guise of Fulani herdsmen from a camp in the outskirts of Wukari, Taraba state, have been arrested by military authorities.

During the raid, some of the impersonators died after an attack on military check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari in Taraba State, a statement from the Defence headquarters in Abuja said yesterday.

According to the statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade, members of the impersonating terrorists group were sighted in the course of air surveillance and later trailed to their camp where they engaged the troops in a battle clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts operating in Borno and Yobe States.

The statement also said one of the apprehended armed men confessed that he had been fighting for the terrorist group in Borno State and was recently brought to Wukari area in furtherance of their mission in Taraba state.

Assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them, the statement said.

According to Olukolade, “the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs is expected to be relaxed as normalcy returns to the town. Troops have maintained patrol of the area while a house-to-house search for arms is ongoing.

“In another development, troops on patrol of the Lake Chad Islands have made some arrests. Among those arrested was a boat operator who ferries terrorists across the Lake Chad while another confessed to being a supplier of hard drugs to the terrorist groups in the area”, he said.

 

Gunmen kill 35 in Wukari Village attack

 

Unknown gunmen have attacked Gidan Yakubu Village in Wukari Local government area of Taraba state.

A resident of the village, names withheld, told our reporter in an telephone chat that the gunmen attacked the village yesterday around 2 o’clock am.

“The gunmen attacked our village around 2 o’clock in the morning. They burnt down our houses and killed at least 35 people in the village. I can’t believed wether they are Nigerians because they were speaking strange languages”.

Confirming the attack, the Police public relation officer in the state ASP Joseph Kwaji, said the unknown gunmen entered the village through Nasarawa State.

According to him, they killed seventeen people and injured twenty-three and they also burnt fifteen houses.

The PPRO said that the Taraba state police command has deployed mobile police to the village. With resoect to the curfew imposed in Wukari local government area by the Taraba state government, the PPRO said that it has been relaxed, lasting from 6, o’clock to 12 noon.

 

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