Scores feared killed as gunmen attack church in Adamawa

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BY UMAR YUSUF

YOLA – Many people including 2 policemen were feared killed as gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members attacked a church in Chakawa village of Madagali Local Government area of Adamawa.

Some residents of the affected village who fled the area told newsmen that they were attacked by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members during Sunday service in the morning.

” They used explosives during the attack on worshippers and many people lost their lives”, local villagers recounted their ordeals.

” I can not actually say how many people were kill but I learnt that there are about 16 people evacuated from the church”, one of the residents who identified himself as Apogu said.

Another resident claimed that some houses were also attacked by the gunmen who took some men as hostage, while two policemen, an Inspector and a Sergeant who were on guard in the church were killed instantly.

” I saw some people crying saying that their relations had been taken away as hostage by the gunmen”, the resident who prefer anonymity said.

Attempt to get the military and police authorities in the area to comment on the incident did not yield result.

A soldier in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the press told Vanguard that nine people lost their lives during the attack.

He said the Army have sealed up the area and were hunting for the fleeing attackers.

Military authorities in Adamawa State have promised to speak on the issue later, even as the chairman of Madagali Local Government, Maina Ularamu confimed the attack, but declined the civilian casualties.

Madagali Local Government is bordering Gwoza Local Govenment of Borno state known for series of insurgent attacks since the declaration of the state of emergency.
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