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40 More Killed In Borno Attacks
The outlawed Boko Haram sect continued its rule of terror in Borno State with the killing of at least 40 persons in Jakana, 35 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital on Monday night.
This is the fourth attack in the series which began three days ago with a twin bombing of Ajilari- Bintu Sugar that left 52 persons dead. Another assault on Mainok left 39 dead, while 35 persons, including three police officers, were killed in Mafa Sunday night.
In the latest incident, gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram stormed Jakana in their usual manner, setting houses ablaze and shooting down anyone sighted trying to escape.
He said the insurgents were forced to flee when they saw the military approach but with a warning that they would be back to complete their unfinished business.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, Oliver Dashe Doeme, has linked insurgency in the north to the prevailing corruption and unemployment in the country, stressing that “if corruption goes there will be no Boko Haram, no kidnapping, no armed robbery. Even if they exist it will be minimal. If Nigerians are empowered they will not be employed into some of these vices”.
He lamented that since the inception of the insurgency in the region in 2009, over 20 churches and priests’ residences had been burnt and over 500 members of the church killed.