Not less than 18 people were killed and several others injured when Islamist insurgents belonging to Boko Haram launched a return attack yesterday on a small community in Borno State near the border with Adamawa State.
Local vigilante sources in the area told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that Boko Haram fighters stormed the remote town of Kwata Mai Tagarri near Lassa in Askira- Uba local government area of Borno State. Apart from killing 18 people, the insurgents also burnt down five homes that were still standing after the Islamist terrorist group struck the community last year.
A member of a vigilante group in Mussa District disclosed that the insurgents rode into the town in two vehicles and a motorbike, opening fire indiscriminately on helpless civilians.
“They came exactly 6:30 a.m. and continued their operations till around 10 a.m., without anyone to challenge them,” said Dauda Yusuf who spoke with our correspondent by phone from Biu. “They killed at least 18 people,” he added.
According to Mr. Yusuf, many residents of the besieged town had fled to an internally displaced people’s camp in Biu town. “It is just unfortunate that when we are supposed to be farming, we are chased out from our homes,” he said.
Another vigilante member bemoaned the absence of the military from their community. “We don't have military presence in our villages except for Askira Uba town. It makes us vulnerable to the attackers. They have succeeded in almost wiping out our people,” said the man, Yakubu James.
Our sources identified one Jarrafu Tizza as the local leader of the insurgents terrorizing the residents of Chibok, Damboa and Askira Uba respectively. They said Mr. Tizza and his gangs were now moving freely in Mussa community.
Askira Uba, which is in the southern part of Borno State, shares a border with Adamawa State. It is located about 62 miles from Biu, the largest town in the area.
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