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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Boko Haram kill 40 in two Borno villages

Not fewer than  40 villagers were murdered  on Monday when Boko Haram terrorists attacked two villages of Borno state,  witnesses and security sources have said.

The two villages Debiro both share a geographical division between Hauwul Local Government and Biu Local government areas both in Borno state came under spate attacks on Monday and Tuesday.

 The son of the District Head   Mallam Yakubu Dabiro  narrated that the suspected terrorists burnt down  houses and vehicles shooting people at sight before burnt down many residential houses and vehicles before leaving without confrontation.

 Our Correspondent gathered that, when the militants arrived the village in the night, they initially shot and killed 17 people before injuring many others, only to return again when surviving residents were burying their dead ones to kill many more.

Usman Malgana, who spoke with our Correspondent from the General Hospital in Biu, confirmed that they lost 26 people while 20 are currently receiving treatment at the hospital with doctors battling to save their lives.

Some  of the luck  residents that escaped the attack in the first village  informed that  the attackers came  to the town and unleashed terror  freely on the innocent villagers  using  their guns and knives, shooting and sliting the throats of  the unlucky ones that couldn't escape.

The Boko Haram terrorists had also burnt down homes after loaded their vehicles with food items from fleeing shop owners leaving un-challenged.

One of the fleeing residents Danlamin Shehu  told  journalists on phone from Tashan-Alede village where he is at the moment displaced to, said "the time of the attack in the afternoon. We suddenly began to hear gunshots and voices of people screaming as they were running away. But it seemed the gunmen came from all directions which caused serious confusion everywhere. Some people were shot dead, while others got their neck slit.

"I can't say if more people had died but according to the local vigilante group  who  went there and returned today, about 20 people including women were brutally killed", Danlamin informed.

Another escapee from Debiro said "it’s like they came with double mission, which was to kill us and loot our food stuff".

"We have never experienced such attack until yesterday. I saw women and children either dead or injured‎ as they tried to flee for our dear lives. They also burnt many houses too".

As  sister  village  in Biu was mourning the loss of their loved ones, their opponent in  Hawul  LGA  was visited by the terrorist  in the  wee hours of Tuesday when residents were still in bed.

The same manner of killing was was done on the residents as many of them got their throats slit by the insurgents.

Some people were groaning in pains until they died as their throats were cut by the terrorists,” a member of vigilante informed.

A security officer in the area   wouldn't want to be named as his command does not permit him speaking to press, confirmed the two attacks.

 "Debiro villages were attacked yesterday and this morning", said the security officer. "The one in Biu was attacked in the afternoon ‎of Monday and about 20 persons were killed and many others were injured.

"The attack on the second village which is in Hawul LGA took place today Tuesday   morning. It was deadlier that the first attack of yesterday and more dead casualties were recorded here. I cannot say the actual number now, because we are still trying to gather them, some are being picked from the bushes. They killed more people here in Hawul because they met them sleeping; many houses were also burnt and the terrorists left with three vehicles belonging to the attacked residents. I am sure with the other attack put together, the number of death could be more than 40", he said.

It could be recalled that that the Islamic sect, Boko Haram has intensified their attacks on Borno since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the relocation of the Military Command and Control Centre to Maiduguri.

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