Seven Killed In Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Borno Villages

Gov Kashim Shettima
Gov Kashim Shettima

By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri

Attacks on Monday night by members of the Boko Haram sect on four communities in Konduga local government area of Borno State have left at least seven people dead, the has learnt.

A member of the youth vigilance group who does not want to be named said Boko Haram fighters attacked Mailari and three other remote villages in Konduga local government area late Monday night.

The residents of the villages concerned are said to have escaped slaughter by running into bushes as soon as they heard the sound of gun shots, thus minimising the casualty figures.

When governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State visited the affected communities to commiserate with the people and assess the level of damage he was told that about 1,000 people were displaced in the attack.

An interesting and dramatic part of the governor’s visit was when four suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were paraded before him.

Apparently, in a swift reaction to Monday’s attack, the youth vigilante group, popularly known as Civilian JTF in the area, moved quickly to clamp down on persons believed to be members or supporters of the Boko Haram sect in Mailari and surrounding communities, arresting four of them.



    They were arrested after a raid on suspected hideouts on Wednesday morning. And all four suspects are said to have lived in Mailari

    “We arrested them today after his father handed over them to us, then they led us into bush where the two remaining hid themselves,” Adam Kolo, a member of the vigilante group told journalists.

    He said that one of the suspects had already confessed to their affiliation with the Boko Haram sect.

    Speaking to the people, governor Shettima said new camps would be opened in the area where hundreds of people who have been displaced by the attack.



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