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Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Insurgents raze 5 churches in Borno

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

At least five churches in Kwajaffa, Tashan Alade and other communities in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno were on Wednesday set ablaze by suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists.

Hawul, a predominantly Christian community in southern part of the state also share local boundary with Garkida town of Adamawa state which came under attack by some group of insurgents last Sunday killing 2 soldiers and three civilians with the setting ablaze of Police station.

Hawul is about 30 kilometres to Biu Local Government Area and 220 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital which is witnessing series of attacks by terrorists suspected to have formed their camps around Zhur, Pelachiroma and Kwajaffa hills and valleys.

Residents of the area, who spoke to newsmen yesterday alleged that the gunmen invaded the affected communities on Wednesday in the night targeting only churches using Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs before setting them ablaze.

It was also gathered that the gunmen after destroying the churches told some communities members that their next target is to go and set ablaze the Local Government Headquarters Secretariat in Hawul.

Although, no live was lost, the gunmen operated freely without confrontation from either residents or security operatives.

The Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government Area, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi confirmed the incidents to newsmen.

He explained that the insurgents have now shifted their deadly attacks and destruction to Hawul, and therefore called on the government and security agencies to immediately deploy troops to safeguard lives and property of innocent citizenry.


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