Authorities Keep Mum On Recent Boko Haram Attacks In Borno State

Authorities Keep Mum On Recent Boko Haram Attacks In Borno State

18 people were killed, dozens of houses burnt in Borno State as suspected Boko Haram sect terrorists attacked a number of farming communities around Maiduguri.

The attacks only became public as fleeing residents arrived in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Mr. Wovi Pogu, a native of Njaba village, is one of the five wounded persons; ten residents were killed in Tuesday attack.

"It was after the late evening meals. Suddenly, we heard gunshots in all directions and cries for help from women and children," he narrates from his hospital bed in Maiduguri. Five others were wounded.

"As they entered my house, I was hit on leg and fell down, but I dragged myself to a nearby shack where I hid until the shooting subsided."

According to Mr. Wovi, soldiers arrived much later, when the attackers have already left, to give first aid treatment.

"It was when we were receiving first aid treatment that I was told that 10 people had been killed in the attack. On Wednesday, when Mude, Kwaljiri and Kaya villages were attacked, people from there told us that 8 people had been killed in Kaya while Mude and Kwaljiri villages were completely burnt; but all the villagers escaped," he said.

A resident of the same village Wadai Mutah was not hurt, but fice of his relatives sustained bullet wounds in the attack.

"Our village was attacked by Boko Haram members on Tuesday, and they killed 10 people and set the whole village on fire before leaving," he said.

"At the neighbouring Kaya Village, which was attacked on Wednesday, eight people were killed when the Boko Haram attacked, shooting our people and burning their houses.

"Mude and Kwaljiri villages were also attacked and totally destroyed on the same day but the villagers escaped unhurt and ran to Njaba as they did not know that we had been attacked the day before," he said.

The military and police are yet to issue statements on the recent attacks.

In the first month of 2014, gunmen have killed about 43 persons in Borno State.

It will be recalled that Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States are under emergency rule.


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