January 2, 2024

11 dead, one abducted, as Boko Haram terrorists invade Chibok communities

11 dead, one abducted, as Boko Haram terrorists invade Chibok communities

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Some armed Boko Haram terrorists disguised in military uniforms have attacked Gatamarwa and Tsiha near Shikarkir communities in Chibok local government area of Borno State, killing 11 persons after abducting one lady (name withheld).

The attackers also carted away foodstuffs and livestock without confrontation. Reliable sources and fleeing residents informed our correspondent on Tuesday.

This fresh attack came barely two weeks after some insurgents similarly attacked Chibok, leaving two persons dead and looting houses before setting them ablaze.

Likewise, some 33KVA lines/towers that connect Yobe and Borno states to the national grid were bombed down in between the Auno-Maiduguri and Gujba axis during the peak of the Yelutide by suspected terrorists.

The terrorists stormed the community of Gatamarwa at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday during the January 1, 2024, celebration.

A community member, Mallam Wakil Aliyu, who spoke to our correspondent, described the attackers as “heavily armed with AK47 rifles and a mix of vehicles and motorcycles, who first opened fire on some people who were returning from mourning in Gatamarwa, before later attacking another Tsiha community near Shikarkir and killing three people with the abduction of a young lady.”

Another community source said, “They came in large numbers, with sophisticated weapons, burning houses, and carting away foodstuffs.

‘I cannot tell you the exact number of people they have killed, but I can confirm to you that many people were reportedly killed.”

All efforts to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer, Borno Command, ASP Nahum Daso Kenneth, proved abortive at press time.

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