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TROOPS DISCOVER SCORES OF BODIES IN BAMA WELLS
By Mustapha Ilo, Maiduguri
Following the recovery of Bama from the control of Boko Haram insurgents, a series of horrendous atrocities perpetrated by terrorists while their hold on the town lasted are being uncovered.
Reports from the North eastern town which was occupied by insurgents until recently, indicate that a large number of dead bodies have been discovered in wells by Nigerian soldiers during a search of the area.
It is believed that the corpses are bodies of hostages or civilians who resisted the insurgents’ occupation of their town.
Some other bodies were discovered on the River Bama Bridge, perhaps executed as the terrorists fled the town.
Survivors within the town have also reportedly narrated horrific tales depicting the brutality of the terrorists while they ruled Bama, executing their own version of religious jurisprudence.
The cordon and search operation in the town is reportedly ongoing while some persons in the town are also being interrogated by troops.
Some reports indicate that as troops advanced on Bama to recover the town from Boko Haram occupation, the terrorists embarked on a killing and maiming spree.
Military medical teams and emergency workers have been attending to survivors and evacuating internally displaced persons as screening of the town continues.
Defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, is reported to have declined commenting on specific atrocities by the terrorists, saying details will only be provided after the ongoing search of the town and the surrounding terrain is concluded.