Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Monday night stormed some communities in Gwoza local government area of Borno state and killed eight villagers, burnt several houses as well as places of worship, residents of the area told newsmen yesterday.
Residents said after the sect unleashed terror on innocent civilians, they also hoisted dozens of their flags in several locations of Ashigashiya village, which bordered Cameroon Republic.
It was also gathered that after the onslaught in the area, the invaders staged jubilation over the ‘successful operation ‘ marking their victory and declared the village as their new enclave.
“The attackers, who drove into the area in armoured Hilux vehicles, were also armed with sophisticated weapons and explosives. They came to the community when some of us were in bed.
“They started firing shots at the direction of people, setting houses, shops and vehicles on fire. Some people who managed to escape, hid on the mountains, while others were trailed and killed”, a resident, John Musa told newsmen on phone.
He listed the names of some of those killed in Chinene village as Bulama Dajiba, Bulama John, Haruna Wadda, Bitrus Kurma, Haruna Kwatha, Haruna Waruda, and Shu’aibu Galva.
Musa further said that the invaders had a free hand as there were no security operatives around. “In fact they rested before hoisting dozens of their flags with Arabic inscriptions written on the flags: ‘Allahu Akbar’, meaning, God is great”, he stated.
He explained that after attacking Ashigashiya, the militants moved to the nearby Amuda and Chinene village, where they burnt many houses.
“We cannot ascertain the number of houses burnt in Chinene and Amuda villages but we learnt one person was killed in Amuda.
Meanwhile, 14 soldiers and 11 policemen including the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Hassan Thlama of Buni Yadi Division and 10 other innocent civilians were yesterday killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in separate attacks in Buni Yadi of Gujba Local Government Areas of Yobe state and Chinene village of Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno state.