Friday, 28 February 2014

Soldiers Flee As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa In Deadly Convoy

The statement made by the Governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima seems to have been proven true after soldiers in Adamawa reportedly took to their heels on sighting a convoy of Boko Haram insurgents.
Governor Shettima said earlier in the week that the members of the militant group were better armed and better motivated than officers of the Nigerian army.
The attack on Adamawa, which came closely behind the Yobe college massacre, resulted in massive loss of life and property as people were killed and maimed and buildings were burnt.
The Tribune reports:

The unknown gunmen first struck the border village of Kirchinga in Madagali Local Government at about 8:30pm where they set houses ablaze before proceeding to Shuwa where they killed eleven persons.
Eye witness account at the village said immediately the gunmen attacked Kirchinga, many of the residents fled to Shuwa for safety but the gunmen went on their trail and pursued them up to Shuwa where they killed eleven people.
It was also gathered that the attackers were undaunting as they came into the town in a convoy of 13
Hilux pick up vans shooting sporadically as people scampered in different directions for safety.
The source maintained that the military personnel manning different check points in the area beat a retreat as the gunmen had a field day as they laid siege on the border villages for more than five hours.
A resident of Shuwa, Mr Kwaje Bitrus, said “the gunmen launched attack on many places in Shuwa including a Bishop’s House, Theological School, police station as well as houses of prominent people in the town leading to the death of two people.”
The Chairman of Madagali Local Government Mr. Maina Ularamu confirmed the incident.
A pastor who preferred anonymity, said the gunmen destroyed three banks and many shops in the town while four lives were lost in the attack which lasted throughout the night.
“When the soldiers at the military check points saw the number of the attackers, they retreated into the nearby bushes as the gunmen operated without challenge during the operation that lasted throughout the night,” he said.
When contacted, the member representing Michika Local Government in Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Adamu Kamale, also confirmed the attack on Michika.
Similarly, the Army Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Armoured Brigade Captain Jafaru Nuhu confirmed the incident but could not ascertain the number of casualties.

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