July 28, 2014

Two refugees slaughtered by gunmen in Borno

Two people suspected to be amongst the over 10,000 displaced persons taking refuge in Shaffa District of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state were over the weekend slaughtered by gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram sect.

Sources in Shaffa told our Correspondent that the incident took place on Saturday night when residents were asleep.

Residents confirmed that the attackers were members of the terrorists group because of how the they operated in the area. The attackers they said completely removed the heads of the deceased and placed it on their chest before fleeing without confrontation.

Another source added that the attackers who after slaughtering their victims also warned residents including the traditional ruler in Shaffa to stop accommodating any Damboa refugees or risk deadly attacks.

It would be recalled the Commanding Officer of 195 Battalion a Divisional Police Officer, DPO including 5 policemen and 16 soldiers as well as many civilians were killed due to multiple attacks on Damboa Local Government Area

These attacks have also led to the sacking of thousands of residents who fled to different loications, while others were taking refuge in designated camps in Biu and Maiduguri metropolis.

Speaking further on the attack on two of the refugees, a top politician from Shaffa who did not want his name to be mentioned in print for security reason, told our Correspondent that “the gunmen did not touch any residents of Shaffa as they only trace the whereabouts of their targeted victims and killed them before firing sporadic gunshots in the air warning people especially the traditional ruler (name withheld) to stop receiving or accommodation any Damboa fleeing victims or risk attacks on his community”.

It was also gathered that the gunmen before fleeing from Shaffa told residents that they (terrorists) have vowed to hunt any fleeing Damboa refugee and kill, alleging that the people of Damboa are their enemies who were against their mission.

All effort to contact the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin was not successful at press time, but a reliable security source confirmed the incident.