Friday, 5 December 2014
Boko Haram Attacks Lafarge Cement Again, Targets Dynamites, Medical Supplies
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents again struck at the Lafarge Cement Factory in Ashaka, Gombe State yesterday, and made away with several Hilux pick-up trucks and medical supplies belonging to the company.There was suspicion the terror fighters targeted industrial dynamites as happened during their last raid.
According to a report by the AFP, the insurgents who may have aimed at replenishing their supplies, stormed the French-owned cement factory for the second time in several months, as they attacked two towns in northeast of the country.
The insurgents were said to have first hit Bajoga town, 60 kilometres from Gombe city in a convoy of 20 vehicles before invading Ashaka town where they attacked the cement factory, banks and other properties. They also set fire to a police station, government buildings and political party offices.
Yesterday’s attack is coming on the heels of the attack on Damaturu, Yobe State capital on Monday which left more than 150 dead including 38 police officers and six soldiers.
“The gunmen kept shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greater) and firing guns haphazardly. They went into the cement factory and took away some vehicles,” an Ashaka resident Samaila Adnan was quoted as saying.
An official at the cement factory who craved anonymity confirmed Adnan’s account and said the factory’s dynamites were evacuated before the attack.