Vanguard (Lagos)

6 June 2014

Nigeria: 45 Killed in Fresh Borno Attack

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Unknown gunmen

Maiduguri — NO fewer than 45 people were killed, while several others sustained gunshot wounds when some Boko Haram members attacked Bargari village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday.

Meanwhile, a girl reportedly died in Adamawa State when a jet fighter dropped bombs in Madagalii after suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the town yesterday morning.

Bargari, where 45 people were killed, is on the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and about 30 kilometres south-east of Giwa Barracks, which came under attack on March 14.

The terrorists set houses, shops, vehicles, motocycles and bicycles ablaze before carting away food items and livestock.

A resident of the village, who escaped, Mallam Abubakar Maikudi, said: "I counted 45 dead bodies, including one of my neighbours.

"The gunmen, who came into the village at about 9p.m. gathered residents in one place, convincing them that they came into Bargari to propagate the teaching of Islam, and when almost all the residents were gathered, another set of terrorists appeared and opened fire on the people.

"We started to run for our dear lives. I was able to escape without being shot, but the gunmen succeeded in killing over 40, injured many before they started looting property and set structures ablaze, razing the whole village completely."

Also another escapee, who did not mention his name said: "The gunmen, numbering 20 attacked the village with four Toyota Hilux vehicles, AK-47 rifles, improvised explosive devices, IEDs, and petrol bombs and wreaked havoc before they fled towards the Sambisa forest."

A government official, who spoke on the Madagalii incident, said that the attackers invaded the town between 6a.m. and 8a.m., in about 40 Toyota Hilux vehicles, shooting indiscriminately and burning property.

Among the areas attacked in the Adamawa incident were the Local Council Development Secretariat and a Catholic Church.

Sources said soon after the insurgents left, an aircraft deployed to repel them dropped three bombs each on a church, a mosque and nearby police post, killing the girl, identified as Laraba Michael, just as another girl was also reportedly wounded when a bomb was dropped on the church.

The state Police Command's Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar could not be reached for his comments.

The Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, Captain Nuhu Jafaru declined comments.

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