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Published On: Thu, Jul 17th, 2014

Insurgents kill 27 in fresh Borno attack

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Nyanya Bomb BlastFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

At least 27 people were reportedly killed, scores wounded in two separate attacks, which happened on Tuesday and yesterday, when suspected Boko Haram insurgents stormed Sabon Gari village, Damboa local government area of Borno state, residents told newsmen.

Sabon Gari about 40 kilometres drive to Biu in southern Borno, and 145 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The attack, which is the second of its kind launched in the area, occurred less than two weeks after the deadly attack on Damboa town which claimed16 soldiers six policemen, which included a commanding officer of 195 Battalion and the divisional police officer of the area.

This has led to the total withdrawal of military operatives from Sabon Gari village.

Sources said, the first incident in the latest terror onslaught unleashed on the rural communities by the insurgents occurred around 6 p.m/ on Tuesday, when dozens of militants invaded the area.

Residents said dozens of Boko Haram fighters, armed with sophisticated weapons as well as explosives, had driven into the village in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, shooting everyone at sight.

The invaders have equally burnt several houses, shops and vehicles, while the siege left 20 villagers dead.

However, other seven other people were also killed yesterday morning when the assailants returned to the area fired sporadic shots into the direction of mourners who gathered at the main cemetery of the village to bury victims of the Tuesday incident.

Fleeing residents disclosed that many people were seriously injured during the attack, while property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Many residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital were forced to keep vigil all Tuesday night as soldiers of the 7 Division, Nigeria Army test-fired new weapons at the outskirts of the troubled city.

Thunderous sounds from what seemed like explosives were accompanied by rapid shooting from machine guns from about 11:30 p.m., a situation that shook the sleep of the eyes of residents who thought it was Boko Haram terrorists attacking the city. The explosions and shootings lasted for about an hour.

Scared residents spent the night making hushed calls to find out from which direction the shooting was coming, but no one could give definite answers.

Many of those who were forced to wake up could not go back to sleep until early morning Islamic prayer calls from various mosques.

Some residents said they thought it was the Boko Haram that were finally making their entry into the city, after days of taking over many routes leading to Maiduguri.

It was later gathered that the sounds of the explosions and shootings were not an attack but routine weapon test-fire that was being carried out by soldiers.

“No, it was nothing but test firing that was carried out last night”, the military official, who declined identification told newsmen.

 

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