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‘No soldier to help’ as Boko Haram ‘kills, kidnaps many’ in Adamawa

Boko Haram has launched another daring attack on Pallam community in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

This was hours after the group released two videos on the Internet, one of which featured Abubakar Shekau, leader of the group, firing an anti-aircraft machine gun and saying that he was determined to keep fighting.

Reports say a similar attack was also carried out by the insurgents less than one week ago on communities in Michika and Madagali areas of Adamawa State.

The attack in Pallam, hometown of Emmanuel Tsamdu, Deputy Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, began at about 11 pm on Monday and lasted for about five hours, with residents saying no soldier came to their rescue.

“They sneaked into our town, Pallam, midnight at about 11 p.m., and started shooting sporadically, killing and burning houses,” Premium Times quoted Abamu Japhet, a resident of the community who managed to escape, as saying.

“They abducted some of our people, mostly men. I escaped by a whisker and fled into a nearby hiding place; before escaping, no soldier came to our rescue. For now I can’t tell the exact figures of the casualty. It was terrible!”

Adamu Kamale, member representing Madagali/Michika at the House of Representatives, confirmed the incident, saying he received a distress call from his constituents in Pallam, who told him that the terrorists, killed even livestock, looted and burnt down many houses.

“As I am talking to you now, the casualty figure is yet to be ascertained but they killed and abducted people and also burnt houses,” Kamale told journalists.

“Even before this attack, the terrorists had earlier ransacked Wanu, Kamale and Kafin Hausa communities. In fact, hardly will a day pass without an attack; let the government wake up.

“We want President Buhari to visit us and see the horrible scenario being meted on our communities.”

Othman Abubakar, spokesman of the Adamawa State Police command, said he had not been briefed on the recent attack but said he would provide more information as he gets it.

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